Breikågen (683 m) East couloir

Lyngen

Fantastic fall-line skiing summit-to-sea on a small big peak.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
3.9 km
Ascent
669 m
Descent
660 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
7 m
High Point
667 m
Gradient
39˚
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Breikågen (683 m) East couloir Map

Description

I call Breikågen the "smallest big mountain in Norway".; it's only 683 m high, but each meter can pure skiing pleasure. The normal route (ascent route here) is a popular relatively easy tour, but it can be scoured in the upper parts, so people often choose to turn around at 550-650m. The large east-facing couloir is an attractive alternative for experienced skiers with solid snow-assessment skills. The couloir offers outstanding 35-40 degrees skiing from just below the summit, and then leads to wider slopes leading right to the sea. These slopes are east-facing, and hold the snow longer than any other area in the region - word! The main hazard to manage is wind-slab in the start of the couloir, but the steepness by itself requires well-developed avalanche/snow assessment skills. If it goes, it is among the best runs in the area. Too short for your liking? Consider laps, as many slopes on this peak offer great skiing.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May, June

Features

  • Couloir

Equipment required

  • Skins

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