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La Balma's upper line


Small line into an arete with some steepness into a gully.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

233 m
0 m
97 m
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.4 km
La Balma's upper line Map

From the right of the "L'abarseta" chairlift, the red slope "La Balma" is the way to reach the line. Then follow "Les portelle's steep line" arete until you reach the first gully to your left. The traverse should not be long (10 minutes-ish) but good skills are required as this is a ridge and a fall could be disastrous. The line is pretty steep and engaging - only experienced steep skiers need apply. Good snow cover is often present in this area of the mountain due to the altitude and the face exposure. A good weather window is important due the ridge crossing and avalanche risk is important as the steepness of the line is around 50 degrees. The line finishes on the red piste "La Balma" which leads back to "La Balma" ski area or to the bottom of Arcalis ski area.



Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Walk Required

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