The Chanrossa Chair allows access to some amazing, easy to access slopes. With a a good dump of snow and the sun shining it seems asthough everyone in resort heads to this area to snatch a few face shots. Providing there is a good base then there are no real issues with riding off the chair....The terrain is quite rocky
so just keep your eyes open.
Map location 1: Access to this area from 1850 is from the Chanrossa chair, access from 1650 is via the Roc Merlet chair.
As you look down the right hand side (RDM) of the mountain from the top of the chanrossa chair you will see tracks traversing to the right....you will also often see tracks as you make you way up on the chanrossa chair. This whole face is accessible, simply put in a longer traverse than the person before. The reward is a nice pitch with very easy access. This results in a a lot of traffic though, especially when the sun is shining after snowfall. Simply ride the chanrossa chair to do it all again. You can also look at Map area 2 for a more interesting descent.
Map location 2: Access to this area from 1850 is from the Chanrossa chair, access from 1650 is via the Roc Merlet chair.
The Left hand side (LDM) of the Chanrossa bowl provides a wider range of pitch and terrain than the riding on the right hand side (RDM) seen in map location 1.
From the top of the chair turn right and ride off the left hand edge of the piste onto the obvious traverse. You can ride along this traverse for up to approximately 1.5km, but to be honest some great riding lies only 100-200 m along. This traverse is avalanche prone but is well monitored and will be closed if there is any doubt. Enquire at the pisteurs hut if in doubt. These slopes are north facing and even after a sunny day with good snow pockets of powder can still be found several days after....Unlike the more obvious areas in map location 1 which seem to get tracked out within hours.