Couloir Balza

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

An aesthetic line in memory of a good friend

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
2.2 km
Ascent
66 m
Descent
861 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
55˚
Couloir Balza Map

This line is in memory of Matteo Balzarotti, a good friend, too soon passed. It is a quite aesthetic couloir located just a little bit uphill Berni Couloir. It's quite steep and needs a 25m rappel to bypass a cliff. It should be skied with firm snow. It gives an amazing view over Monte Rosa glaciers and will give you the possibility to ski 2000m of vertical drop in an incredible environment.

Description

In order to access this line you have to follow the path towards Quintino Sella Refuge. As you arrive towards the final ridge that give access to the refuge take a hard right and head for a valley with some snowy bowls. Climb a little higher to reach the access.

Difficulty

Severe

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

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

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Glacier

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons

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