Portelle's north face

Vallnord

A line with a long walk needed and with some real steepness in the line itself.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
746 m
Ascent
30 m
Descent
230 m
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
43˚
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Portelle's north face Map

Description

This is a long access line until the start of the run, as a short but steep walk is required from "Les Portelles" lifts area. Follow "Les Portelle's front chairlift line", walk is not easy and get a lot of steepness with some fresh snow. 1 hour walk can be needed where good steep terrain skills are important. Continue straight after the big ridge until the right gully where the line starts, it is really steep- up to 55 degrees. Due to the time of the hike a good weather window is needed, even more important for the descent of the face. The gully is the main guide and needs to be followed, remember left side is a cliff and any mistakes in navigation can be fatal. The line gets some good amount of snowfall and avalanche risk is pretty important into this area of the mountain due to high steepness. 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

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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