14.01.2020: Wings of Icarus

Nendaz

Verbier

Line above the Lac de Cleuson on the Backside of Mont Fort.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
6.2 km
Ascent
177 m
Descent
1.2 km
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
43˚
14.01.2020: Wings of Icarus Map

Wings of Icarus is a mellow hike and you can take the line into the bowl, which is much more mellow - or hike along the ridge, like I did in this case and enter above the Lac de Cleuson, make sure that conditions are stable as an avalanche here will have you in the lake... and that is game over. There is a lot of exposure from this entry, so you need to be sure of your line.

Difficulty

Difficult

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

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Face
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Ice axe

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