Dolonne Couloir from Youla

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The Old Freeride World Tour Official Competition Area. Test your abilities against the athletes.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.6 km
Ascent
38 m
Descent
886 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
43˚
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Dolonne Couloir from Youla Map

Description

This run is fantastic. It isn't EXACTLY the old Freeride World Tour route from top to toe, as it would involve a considerable additional vertical hike. However the bulk of this run is the official route.

From Youla cable car station cross the slope and traverse on the right hand side all the mountain side trying to stay as high as possible. Before to reach the end of this small bowl climb up 50 mt (sidestepping is better and safer then hiking) to reach a small ridge tht alows you to enter on the other side of the mountain. This part can be difficult and unpleasant for snowboarders. Take care to the last part of the traverse before to reach the ridge, can be dangerous in case of falling or sliding. The terrain naturally dips into a U shaped valley - follow the natural curvature of the land and ride to your hearts content. There are rocks and cliffs to jump on the sides. The area holds the snow reasonably well too. After up to 500 metres (depending on your entry point) you will see trees approaching. This is definitely your signal to SLOW DOWN. This patch of trees hides a really annoying stream which has seen several skiers taking an unplanned bath. Now its a case of following the fairly narrow trail as it winds around the trees. It gets very icy here so be careful not to pick up to much speed. After a while of winding over rocks and patches of ice you will notice you have been bearing ever so slightly left. This is ideal as you will spot the barrier to the side of the red 25 or the "Dolonne" run. There is a gap at the side of the piste for you to jump back on.

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

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
  • Walk Required

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