The 4 Corners of the Espace Killy – The Ultimate Ski Challenge

Completing the 4 corners of the Espace Killy is a fantastic challenge for any intermediate to advanced skier or snowboarder staying in Tignes or Val d’Isère.  You can choose a route that suits your ability and level of desired challenge.  In doing the 4 corners you will truly experience every area that the Espace Killy can offer you from one end of the map to the other. The corners to tick off the list are les Brévières, La Grande Motte Glacier, Glacier du Pissaillas and le Fornet. We have planned a route so you can enjoy many of the best blue and red runs in the area.  The Espace Killy offers 300 km of piste – so this is a long day out – make sure you start early and take some suncream, water & snacks!  Grab yourself a piste map and follow our route either starting from les Brévières on the far right side of the map or Le Fornet which is the far left side of the Espace Killy map.

Starting the 4 Corners Route from Tignes les Brévières

Espace Killy Piste Map with 4 Corners Challenge Route

Corner 1 – Tignes les Brévières

  1. Take Sache gondola up, followed by Auguille Rouge
  2. Ski down Bleuets into Tignes le Lac
  3. Take Tovière gondola up
  4. Ski down Henri into Val Claret
  5. Take the Funicular up to la Grande Motte, or Les Lanches followed by Vanoise
  6. Go up La Grande Motte cable car – reaching an impressive 3456m at the top!

Corner 2 – La Grande Motte Glacier

Grande Motte Glacier - 4 Corners Challenge - Espace Killy

  1. Ski down Glacier, joining onto Rimaye
  2. Joining Double M, follow this long red run down to Val Claret
  3. Take Fresse chairlift towards Val d’Isère
  4. Ski down Fresse green run to towards Marmottes chairlift
  5. Take Marmottes chairlift up

Suggestion for lunch stop

You will find Le Bellevarde mountain restaurant located at the top of the Marmottes chairlift.  Enjoy a well deserved break here but don’t stop for too long!

  1. Ski down to Val d’Isère, you can choose from the blue run Santons or the famous black Face.
  2. Once you are in Val d’Isère take the new speedy Solaise gondola
  3. Once you are at the top of the Solaise area, ski towards Glacier chairlift via lac-parc.
  4. Once you’re at the top, ski down Plan Milet
  5. Take Leissieres chairlift, which is also known as the up and over lift (enjoy the thrill!)
  6. Now you are in Le Fornet ski area
  7. Ski down Ponte Abatte and take Col button lift
  8. Ski to Cascade chairlift – you have reached the Glacier du Pissaillas at the top!

Corner 3 – Glacier du Pissaillas

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This is your third corner of the day. It’s a great area to ski around when there has been fresh snow.

  1. Ski down Moraine or Cascade red runs
  2. Take the Cema chairlift which brings you back to the top of the Vallon gondola
  3. Ski all the way down to Le Fornet, choose your run on your ability.

Corner 4 – Le Fornet

Congratulations!  Once you arrive in Le Fornet you have officially completed the 4 corner challenge of the Espace Killy!

Getting back to Tignes les Brévières

If you need to get back to Brévières from here the best option is to get the free bus to La Daille and hop in a taxi from there  back to the village.   The best taxi service is with Up & Down Taxis who can be reached on +33 6 52 47 62 74.

Or to ski from La Daille take the Daille gondola up, ski down and take the Tommeuses chairlift up, ski down the black Trolles to Tignes le Lac or take the Toviere gondola down, take the Chaudannes chairlift up (usually closes at 5pm) and from here you can ski back to Brévières.  Make sure you have enough time to get the last lift!

Starting the 4 Corners Route from Val d’Isère

Espace Killy Piste Map with 4 Corners Challenge Route

Corner 1 – Le Fornet

  1. Get the bus to Le Fornet
  2. Take the Fornet gondola, followed by Vallon
  3. Go up Cascade which brings you onto the Glacier

Cascade chairlift - access to Glacier du Pissaillas

Corner 2 – Glacier du Pissaillas

  1. Ski down Cascade or Pissaillas depending on your ability
  2. Take the Cema chairlift which brings you back to the top of the Vallon gondola
  3. Ski down Pont Abatte to get the Leissieres chairlift back over to Val d’Isère
  4. Ski down Plan Milet to the traverse rope which will bring you to the magic carpet
  5. Take the 2 magic carpets, bringing you back to the top of the Solaise lift
  6. Ski down Plan, joining Piste M which brings to into Val d’Isère
  7. Take the Olympique gondola
  8. Ski down Diebold, then to join Verte to head to Tommeuses
  9. Take Tommeuses
  10. Ski down Henri, into Val Claret
  11. Take the funicular up toward La Grande Motte
  12. Take the Grande Motte cable car – reaching an impressive 3456m at the top!

Corner 3 – La Grande Motte Glacier

Ski Bonjour staff at the top of the Grande Motte

Suggestion for lunch stop

Either before or after you have taken the cable car to the top of the Grande Motte, take a well deserved break at Le Panoramic – relax but don’t stop for too long!

  1. Ski down Glacier, joining Rimaye followed by Double M
  2. Once you are in Val Claret, make your way over to Tichot
  3. Ski down to Grattalu and take the chairlift
  4. When you come off the lift turn right down Le Mur
  5. Make sure you bear left to join Lys
  6. Take Grand Huit
  7. Ski down Perce-neige, joining onto beau plan
  8. Take the Aiguille Percée chairlift, make sure you look out for the eye of the needle!
  9. Ski down Corniche and then bear left onto rhododendron (advanced skiers can go down Sache black, the longest run in the Espace Killy).
  10. Continue down the long blue, bringing you down to pretty Tignes les Brévières.

Corner 4 – Tignes les Brévières

Congratulations!  Once you arrive in Tignes les Brévières you have officially completed the 4 corner challenge of the Espace Killy!

Piste back to Tignes les Brévières

Getting back to Val d’Isère

If you need to get back to Val d’Isère take the Sache gondola up followed by the Aiguille Rouge chairlift, ski down into Tignes Le Lac.  Take the Toviere gondola up (last lift is at 5pm so don’t miss it).  From here you can ski down to La Daille and get the free bus to Val d’Isère.

Alternatively if you are short of time you can get a taxi from Brévières to Val d’Isère.  The best taxi service is with Up & Down Taxis who can be reached on +33 6 52 47 62 74.

Let us know about your day!

Some of the Ski Bonjour staff will be testing this challenge out for the coming winter season 17-18. If you have done it, please do let us know how you got on. Let us know by commenting on our Facebook page or email us on ski@skibonjour.com, we’d love to see your pictures too!

Additional Resources

Discover Tignes les Brévières

A Ski Route for the Advanced Skier or Snowboarder

Tignes le Lac Guide

Guide to Val d'Isère

Guide to Ski pass

 

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