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Bürgle - Couloir(s) NE

Incredibly satisfying line(s) on the NE face of the Bürglen

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
5.7 km
Ascent
681 m
Descent
626 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
41˚
Bürgle - Couloir(s) NE Map

If you've ever dreamed a perfect couloir, this would be how your dream would look like. Picture it: Two, almost three, flawlessly etched lines on the NE face of the Bürgle are awaiting for you.

Description

Starting from the Untere Gantrischhütte, follow the path towards the Morgetepass. In icy conditions, ski crampons might be useful in the short traverse. On the final ridge of the Bürgle, you can easily spot the entrances of the couloirs in the NE face. It's like they were designed for aficionados of steep skiing : initiating with a thrilling 40-43° slope, only to gracefully decrease and widen up to allow to express the best of your skiing. In good conditions, they are magical. Boasting a modest elevation gain of 600 meters, these lines call you to be conquered not just once, but twice, thrice, or as many times as your legs can carry you !

Watch out for the cornices at the entrance of the couloir(s). Depending on the conditions, it might be prudent to secure the descent into the couloir with a rope.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between December and March

Features

  • Couloir

Equipment required

  • Crampons