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At 3.5km, Combe is one of the longest runs on the glacier and drops all the way from the top station of the Traversée chair down to the mid-station stop of the Bellecôte gondola. The runs starts with an often-moguled, sometimes-scraped traverse across the top of a large bowl. When there’s fresh snow, there’s plenty more direct routes you can take to avoid this path. At the end of this top section, the run opens out to become much wider. There are then two choices – a direct (and steeper route) down a bowl or a more mellow pathway which doubles back against itself. Note, at the bottom of this section, you need to hold your speed as there soon follows a section which is almost uphill. After this, the run meanders its way back down on mostly wide sections. As this terrain is mainly above 3000m, good snow is almost always assured. In fact, the only drawback of La Plagne’s glacier is the aging Bellecôte gondola. At the end of Combe, you can take this gondola in either direction (up to the glacier or back to Roche de Mio) or continue past the mid-station to join the Frêtes blue down to the base of the Chalet de Bellecôte chair.
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