Punta Calabre

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Rhemes Notre Dame

A great, long and mellow angled glaciated ski touring peak.

Also in Savoie, France

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
15 km
Ascent
1.3 km
Descent
1.3 km
Duration
7-8 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
23˚
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Description

With a summit sat on the border between Italy and France this glaciated peak makes a fantastic ski touring objective from the Benevelo hut. It is long and mostly easy angled and will often hold great snow due to its north facing aspect. It is a great viewpoint over towards the peaks of the Vanoise further afield. As the ski tour is glaciated, carry the appropriate equipment, and the knowledge of how to use it.

From the hut skin towards the bridge that crosses over the river running down from the gorge. Keep going up the west side of the gorge via a shallow valley and an undulating traverse that follows. After this you will turn and skin up a valley that gains access to the Glacier below the cliffs of the Granta Parei via slightly steeper slopes. 

Skin up the Glacier de Tsentelèina staying close to the cliffs, these can give a bit of definition in poor visibility. After you leave the cliffs, skin towards the rock rib running down from Punta Calabre, and finish up the Glacier de Sauches to the skin on summit. On a clear day you will be able to see other ski touring objectives in neighbouring valleys and further afield to the Mont Blanc Massif.

The ski down follows the ascent line but the glacier is wide and there is plenty of space to make your own tracks. When you leave the glacier use the terrain to maximise the skiing before traversing back above the gorge and back to the hut and the typically excellent hospitality that Italian Refuges offer.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May

Features

  • Bowl
  • Alpine
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Glacier kit

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