Canale Alessandra

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

The twin of the Francesca Couloir which is a very scenic, yet steep couloir.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
5.2 km
Ascent
81 m
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
42˚
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Description

You may require to rappel to access this beautiful committing adventure which has amazing views over the Glacier de Lys.

From Quintino Sella skin up a bit further and traverse the glacier, be careful it's full of seracs. Continue traversing until you spot a rock ridge on your left, here the slope will get steeper. Carefully ski down and keep to your right to bypass a first rock bar. Traverse hard left to reach the ridge, here there is a possibility you need to do a 20m rappel to pass this cliff. At the bottom of the couloir you cruise into the woods reaching Stafal.

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

4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

February, March, April

Features

  • Trees
  • Alpine
  • Cliffs
  • Glacier
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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