Pic d'Arcalis steep line

Vallnord

Expedition line with a really long walk needed and a really high level entrance.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
891 m
Ascent
66 m
Descent
365 m
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.8 km
Gradient
54˚
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Pic d'Arcalis steep line Map

Description

Again a long access line with a 1 hour and 45 minutes steep walk from "Les Portelles" lifts area. Follow "Les Portelle's front chairlift line", good steep terrain skills are important as a long hike is needed into a lot of different terrain. This time pass over the Pic d'Arcalis, the summit of which can be often frozen, making the hike more dangerous. The first gully on the right is the entrance of the line, good navigation skills needed to spot the entrance. This line is only for experts as the entrance is into a cliff (an ice axe can help). The cliff must be taken in order to get into the gully where good control is needed. The line continues into the gully and loses steepness. Good snow conditions often present due to the face exposure but cliff part can be icy. Avalanche risk is huge over here due to the steepness so only go when conditions are right. 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.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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