Berni Couloir

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

One of the most aesthetic couloirs on this side of the mountain

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
2.9 km
Ascent
53 m
Descent
878 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
45˚
Berni Couloir Map

This couloir could be a nice introduction to steep skiing in a high mountain environment. It is a wide couloir, not aggressively steep and has a beautiful view of Monte Rosa. It's a great freeride line that gives an endless journey into these beautiful mountains. The access to this line is not easy. Locating the couloir is quite hard due to the fact that is hidden below a bowl. In order to reach it you have to skin up towards Passo Bettolina, traverse down and again skin up a large valley heading for a rocky bar- it is really big and easily visible. When you reach it you can take your skins off and start your descent. keep to your left descending into a second bowl. Here a second big rock bar will be on your left. Without losing too much height head to where the rock bar enters a small bowl- this is the couloir entrance. Once in the couloir be careful not to ski too much on your right because the snow cover on the rocks here is usually thinner. Once the couloir ends you will reach the lower woods where Valle Perduta also ends. Ski the woods until reaching the piste of Staffal staying on your right.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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

Equipment required

  • Skins

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