Grande Casse

Highest peak in the Vanoise. Route from the Refuge de la Vanoise follows the steep and dangerous Glacier des Grands Couloirs - big holes, falling rocks. The summit ridge is narrow and spectacularly perched over the awesome all ice north face. Vast views from the summit extending across the whole sweep of the Alps.

Elevation (feet): 12,638
Elevation (meters): 3,852
Continent: Europe
Country: France
Range/Region: Graian Alps
Latitude: 45.405278
Longitude: 6.8275
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1860
First successful climber(s): W.Mathews, M.Croz, E.Favre
Nearest major airport: Geneva or Grenoble
Convenient Center: Pralognon la Vanoise

Thanks to foinaven and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Grande Casse.

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  • Log #9707 - by paul lang on July 21, 2004
    went up petite face nord route,very impresive view.loved it!!
  • Log #9708 - by Chris McCann on Aug 19, 2002
    Up at 4:00, on the ice at 5:15, great day, nice clear weather. Fantastic views from the summit. Scarey discent, a few shakey moments. Pleased with my second Alpine ascent though.