Pizzo Bianco from "Chiovenda couloir"

Macugnaga

A challenging climb with an awesome view on the East side of the Monterosa

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
2.5 km
Ascent
1 m
Descent
1 km
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
40˚
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Pizzo Bianco from "Chiovenda couloir" Map

Description

The "Chiovenda" is long and steep couloir (40°), avoid days with heavy snowfall due high risk of avalanche. Starting from the top lift of Belvedere, or from the village of Pecetto if the lift is closed, reach the glacier on the back of the lift facing S. Cross the moraine to the left of the glacier, along a nice valley. You will arrive at the Zamboni Zappa Hut. From the hut travel S along the flat basin of Pedriola. On the left, you arrive at the bottom of a big and long gully "Chiovenda" which goes up to Pizzo Bianco. Climb it, nearly to the end, and then exit left and travel around the peak and rocky cliff face. Descend by the same route.

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

March, April, May

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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