Passo Zube - Otro Valley

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

Alagna

A classic ski mountaineering tour. A short climb from the Gressoney side and a long descent into the Otro Valley on the Alagna side - one of the most beautiful valleys of the Monte Rosa.

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
9.4 km
Ascent
280 m
Descent
1.9 km
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
40˚
Passo Zube - Otro Valley Map

This is not a particularly technical or difficult route, but you need a good knowledge of the area and good visibility to complete it safely. It is great terrain for the novice ski mountaineer.

Description

From the top station of Passo Salati, follow the Salati piste to the end of the first flat road, after the first steep section. Head off-piste on the left side of the piste, under the north face of the Corno Rosso. At the end of a long traverse you will start to climb along a narrow valley until you reach the Passo Zube, 2,874m (approximately 45 minutes climbing). Starting from the pass, in the direction of Alagna, descend the wide slope on the right side, until the Alpe Zube. Traverse under the Alpe Zube, first right then left, to avoid a big cliff. Follow the long gully towards the right until you reach the little village of Pianmisura. This section poses serious avalanche risk if there has been a lot of snowfall. From the village, traverse left following the track to reach a flat area and the village of Otro. The trail then enters into a dense wooded area leading to the village of Alagna. The last part of the path is narrow and often icy.

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

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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