Pic Arcalis lower section line

Vallnord

A long hike required for a really committing line into steep and rocky terrain for expert skiers only.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
861 m
Ascent
44 m
Descent
285 m
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
40˚
Pic Arcalis lower section line Map

Another long access line until the start of the run, as short but steep walk is required from "Les Portelles" lifts area. Follow "Les Portelle's front chairlift line", further hike is needed as this time you can add 30 minutes to reach below the ridge of "Pic d'Arcalis" where the entrance of the gully is located. Good skills as first part of the hike is into a steep part of the face. A good weather is needed as walk does take a lot of time and weather can change quickly in altitude. Good snow conditions are often present in this part of the mountain due to the face exposure. The first part of the line has got some serious gradient where only autonomous skiers should be present there, avalanche risks is important in the highest part due to the steepness, lower section is less steep, before the line finishes on the green piste "Megaverda" which leads back to "La Coma" ski area.

Difficulty

Extreme

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.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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