Gentianes - Stairway to Heaven

Nendaz

Verbier

A Verbier Mega-Classic that rewards those prepared to do a little boot packing

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.1 km
Ascent
134 m
Descent
499 m
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
50˚
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Gentianes - Stairway to Heaven Map

Description

The snow in this North facing bowl tends to stay cold and light for a while - but only if you get there before everyone else does. From the Col de Gentianes, traverse high, skiers left to the N towards the 'Stairway to Heaven' col. Boot pack up the short couloir for around 100m. From the col ski left and then join the fall line. Just before the small like, head left to reach the next pitch of skiing which joins you up with the itinerary from Mont-Gele to Tortin which you follow down to Tortin.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Walk Required

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