Couloir Riccio

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

Enjoyable and steeper alternative to the Leisch canyon.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
936 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
339 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
53˚
Couloir Riccio  Map

This itinerary is a bit steeper than the Leisch canyon, but shorter. The entrance is not obvious due to high cliffs on all sides. It is possible to check the snow conditions from the middle of the gondola from Stafal to Gabiet by looking across to the left.

Description

From the dam on the Endre plain, follow the itinerary that takes you back to the middle station at Gabiet. Just after a short uphill section, go down to a gentle slope on the right (west) until you reach the summit of a little hill. Ski down, first left then immediately right to pass some cliffs, and finally back to the left to reach the entrance of the couloir (exposed traverse). Ski down the couloir towards the wooded area and join the Leisch canyon itinerary to finish.

Difficulty

Difficult

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

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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