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Gran Couloir Stolemberg


Monte Rosa

The widest couloir of the Balma valley and one of the most beautiful.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

827 m
68 m
300 m
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3 km
Gran Couloir Stolemberg Map

The couloir has a steep entrance but opens out into a wide slope, making for a cool variant to the classic Balma route. Beware of avalanche risk at the top after snowfall or wind.


From the top station of Passo Salati, climb up the slope behind the station to the little col marking the entry to the couloir (approximately 15 minutes). During the winter season the track is often already done before you get there so no need for skins. Ski into the couloir then follow the wide slope into the Balma valley. From here the itinerary is the same as the Balma classic route all the way to Alagna.



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

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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between December and April


  • Walk Required

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