Burfell Chute Loop

Couloir mini golf around the striking pyramid peak of Burfell

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
13 km
Ascent
1.3 km
Descent
1.3 km
Duration
6-7 hrs
Low Point
149 m
High Point
723 m
Gradient
43˚
Burfell Chute Loop Map

All the couloir lines on this tour face south and offer great spring skiing as the snow softens. Start from the west tunnel entrance in the Isafjordur area and skin up the valley. The impressive cone of Burfell reveals itself as you gain elevation. Initially follow the power lines north before breaking off north eastwards to the small col that provides access to the Midfell basin and then traverse high towards the obvious couloir that provides booting to the east ridge of Geirsteinshvilftarfjall. Skins can be applied to ski to the summit from the top of the couloir. Fantastic views out to sea across from here. Retrace your route and descend the short couloir which is lots of fun and never too steep. (max 40 degrees). Many variations are available from here including an ascent of Burfell itself via its south flank. Fall line skiing from the Midfell col to the back to the car gives a long excellent ski in stunning surroundings.

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

February, March, April

Features

  • Couloir
  • Ski Safari
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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