Pic Blanc South

Grandvalira

Steep couloirs for experienced riders

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
905 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
329 m
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
45˚
Pic Blanc South Map

At the top of Pic Blanc chairlift turn right and hike up the western ridge of Pic Blanc (2639m). A wide but steep ridge will lead you to the summit. The ridge is also accessible by the Font Negre chairlift but you will have to hike back up the slope to get to Pic Blanc top station and access the ridge. Regarding safety, there can be cornices on the left of the ridge but the right side is clear and safe. The climb to Pic Blanc summit will take about 35 to 50 minutes depending on equipment and snow conditions. Crampons are not mandatory but are highly recommended in this climbing section due to ridge's exposure to and often icy conditions underfoot.Once at the top drop to the eastern ridge, the one which connects Pic Blanc to Pic d'Envalira. There is a little mountain pass just below and the southern couloir starts by dropping in to the right. It has an easy visual entrance. However heads up because the chute will turn right giving you no input once somebody is in. This line is easy, just follow the couloir and start riding to the right leaving Coma T-bar on your left. This is a very mellow area but close to the end go straight towards the Tbar because there is an artificial lake just at the bottom.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Crampons

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