Vecchio Skilift Couloir

Chamonix

Skyway Monte Bianco

One for those who like it extreme, this alternative entry to the Dario couloir is both steep and committing.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
194 m
Ascent
10 m
Descent
119 m
Low Point
3.3 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
49˚
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Description

Although rarely in condition, this line is worth seeking out when it is. The top is often rocky and the line is steep throughout. It puts you onto the glacier below so make sure you are equipped, prepared and have practised crevasse rescue, however unlikely you think falling in a crevasse is- it is possible! A minimum would be each person to have harness, axe, crampons, an ice screw, 3 prussiks, several screwgates, a pulley/DMM Revolver karabiner, a couple of slings and 2 30m ropes in the group. A more modern simple solution substituting for many of the above might be 2 Petzl RAD systems in the group. If you have any doubts about this ski with an IFMGA Mountain Guide.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Glacier

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