Hochene Stei

Champoluc

Monte Rosa

initiation into steep skiing?

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
4.7 km
Ascent
485 m
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
51˚
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Description

This line is the easiest of the couloirs that descend from the Testa Grigia. Although it's the easiest is quite difficult indeed, it could be a first approach to a good ski mountaineer that wants to try steep skiing. It's a remote itinerary far from lifts so you have to be completely autonomous. The slopes are wide and gentle at the beginning then you'll have to ski a steep couloir to access again ample slopes. Stay on the right and reach Hochene Stei, those are summer stables, and then reach the wood just above Gressoney La Trinitè.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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