Les Portelle's front chairlift line

Vallnord

A nice line where a good walk is required with a short section of steep skiing.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
797 m
Ascent
167 m
Descent
184 m
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
42˚
Les Portelle's front chairlift line Map

A lot of chairlifts go to this line located in the Les Portelles area. Instead of going to the green slope "Megaverda" turn left and hike the face in front of you. The walk is short but not easy due to the steepness, in case of powder snow this can take up to 45 minutes. The line is pretty steep (average of 45 degrees) so good skills are important in this area. Rocks are present in this line but the snow cover is often good due to the north facing aspect, and the high altitude. Avalanche risk is pretty important due the steepness throughout the line, good navigation is important due to the rocks in the middle of the line where a fall would hurt a lot. The line finishes on the green piste "Megaverda" which leads back to "La Coma" ski area.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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