Couloir Rettilineo

Monte Rosa

Alagna

This couloir is the easiest access to the Balma valley but still requires steep skiing.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
382 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
196 m
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
41˚
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Description

The Rettilineo couloir is the most popular entrance to the Balma valley, despite the first section reaching 45° and often being peppered with rocks. It is a great challenge however, and a fun variant to the Balma classic.

From the top station of the Passo Salati Funifor, take the lift from Pianalunga and ski on the ridge for about 50m to the top of the couloir. Ski straight down in the middle of the slope to eventually join the Balma itinerary. Follow it to the Alagna valley.

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Cliffs

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