Colle Salza - Gabiet normal route

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

Classic long route from Indren to Gressoney on the far right side of the valley

Also in Vercelli, Italy

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
4.3 km
Ascent
21 m
Descent
780 m
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
29˚
Colle Salza - Gabiet normal route Map

This descent is a long itinerary from the top station, Punta Indren, until the middle station, Gabiet. It is a popular tour for guide's with groups so, although the route is not very obvious, the track is often already set by them. However, the traverse is not suitable for snowboarders. It begins by following the ridge line of the Altaluce (Hochliecht) to reach the Salza col. You will then head back towards the Oreste Hutte to arrive at the middle station.

Description

From the top station at Punta Indren traverse across the left side of the small Indren glacier without loosing height until you reach an extensive rock band (the line of the traverse is usually safe but beware of small crevasses covered by snow). Keep traversing on the diagonal at the same height (this area is especially prone to slabs forming from high winds). Continue past a small valley descending from the Mantova hut and cross to the other face remaining on the same trajectory until you reach a small plateau where the descent begins. Follow the slopes curving round to the right until you see the Salza col in front of you. The Oreste Hutte will come into view as you descend the obvious undulating valley to the East. Once you reach the hut follow the Canale dell'Aquila itinerary to the middle station.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

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, December

Features

  • Cliffs

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