Francesca Couloir

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

A steep couloir with an airy access

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
10 m
Descent
960 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
51˚
Francesca Couloir Map

This couloir is one of the most aesthetic lines on this side of the mountain. It starts right under Quintino Sella and getting inside is quite tricky, but you will be rewarded with one of the best ride in your life. 60m ropes needed in case the entrance lacks snow!

Description

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
  • Cliffs
  • Glacier
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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