As an introduction to ski touring, or for a slightly different take on it, there’s no better than the Sans Nom. It’s a “reverse” ski tour!! Easily accessible terrain with a lovely and gradual pitch to suit many levels of skier.
It’s starts from the top of Cime Caron in Val Thorens. From there you start off down the black run to Orelle before quickly peeling off right toward the stunning collection of rocks. This is the start of many a good day such as Lac de Lou, Mont Brequin or today’s event – San Nom.
From these rocks there opens a beautiful cruising valley down toward the Maurienne valley floor. There are a couple of variants whereby you can start along the Mont Brequin trip then drop down into the valley but the classic is simply straight down the guts!
From half way there is a an exit point back toward the Orelle lift and will only involve a short boot pack to get back to the lift or you can cross the plateau and keep skiing the valley until you see the chapel. It makes for a longer walk back up the hill but it is absolutely worth it.
From just above the chapel is where the touring starts. Thankfully you don’t need to walk all the way back up to the top of Cime Caron – just back to the lift system in Orelle. The route is an easy follow of the summer road and which takes you gently back to the lifts.