Gipfel Couloir

Andermatt

There's just a short hike to this easily accessible Couloir, which offers steep skiing and a quick return to the lift.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
629 m
Ascent
3 m
Descent
348 m
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
46˚
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Description

Whether it’s a warm up run or the pinnacle of your life on skis, the Gipfel Couloir gives you the big mountain feeling without the big hike in or the long road out. Follow the "Sonnenpiste" for 2 U-turns then head for the last pylon of the cable car, from where you have to walk for 2 minutes. From the top of the couloir you can see the run (Sonnenpiste) returning to the cable car. The first 100 metres are fairly narrow but definitely wide enough to make turns. Beware of sharks (rocks) trying to take you down. After the initial 100 metres the run opens so you can let the skis run or make your perfect pow turns. There is no getting lost on this line, just ski until you hit the groomers and get back to the tram for the next lap.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Walk Required

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