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Tete des Vieux - Barabba Couloir


Steep, long and aesthetic couloir in a wild environement

Ski Touring Severe

3.3 km
942 m
0 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.8 km
Tete des Vieux - Barabba Couloir Map

From the village of Chanton follow the unpaved road heading to the alpeggio di plan praz. From there skin to the base of the couloir and then switch to crampons once it becomes steep. The couloir is about 400m long, steeper and narrower at the top. Top section is constantly under the danger of falling hanging cornices and little rockfalls caused by the warming of the south facing slabs that are flanking the right side of the couloir. IDepending on the conditions is possible to reach the top of the mountain by digging a passage in the cornice at the top of the couloir.



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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between February and April


  • Couloir
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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