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  • Pic Coma d'Or with SW face descent

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    near Porté-Puymorens, Languedoc-Roussillon (France)
    Distance
    9.43mi
    Elevation +
    3304f
    TrailRank
    58| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofPic Coma d'Or with SW face descent Photo ofPic Coma d'Or with SW face descent Photo ofPic Coma d'Or with SW face descent

    Round trip from the Col de Puymorens carpark. Going up the normal route, there is often little snow once you pass the col. However, the views from the top are spectacular and there is often more snow on the SW face. From...

    Ruta muy bonita, especialmente la segunda parte. Esperando las primeras nevadas para descender con esquís.
    F. Iniesta
  • Seebodenalp - Rigi - Goldau

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    near Rigi Staffel, Kanton Schwyz (Switzerland)
    Distance
    8.22mi
    Elevation +
    2405f
    TrailRank
    57| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofSeebodenalp - Rigi - Goldau Photo ofSeebodenalp - Rigi - Goldau Photo ofSeebodenalp - Rigi - Goldau

    At least one in life we have to do it. Taking care of the recent snowfalls, we decided to ascend the Rigi. Is quite famous and with a lot of tourists, but descending the way that we did, then is was fine. To descend fol...

    At the end it was a nice day!
    marta.ferrer
  • Bivacco Val Loga from Montespluga 31/12/2017

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    near Montespluga, Lombardia (Italia)
    Distance
    6.13mi
    Elevation +
    2822f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofBivacco Val Loga from Montespluga 31/12/2017 Photo ofBivacco Val Loga from Montespluga 31/12/2017 Photo ofBivacco Val Loga from Montespluga 31/12/2017

    Bivacco Val Loga from Montespluga Participants: Manu, Ricky, Andrea, Marta, Marti CA 31/12/2017 9:15h Sortim del parking de Montespluga amb els esquis posats i seguim el carrer Via Spluga que ens porta cap a dins d...

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  • Crested Butte - Red Lady

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    near Crested Butte, Colorado (United States)
    Distance
    5.82mi
    Elevation +
    2887f
    TrailRank
    55| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofCrested Butte - Red Lady Photo ofCrested Butte - Red Lady Photo ofCrested Butte - Red Lady

    [EN]Fantastic back country ski trail nearby Crested Butte, we went up to the locally known as Red Lady peak, through a private property area that the hard work of locals has avoided until nowadays to become a mine. It is...

    This is a safe and great ride up to Red Lady's summit. There's a small shelter at the end of this trail where you can ch...
    Anderson
  • Skimountaineering Bulgària-Vihren

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    near Bansko, Област Благоевград (България)
    Distance
    16.55mi
    Elevation +
    5899f
    TrailRank
    55| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofSkimountaineering Bulgària-Vihren Photo ofSkimountaineering Bulgària-Vihren Photo ofSkimountaineering Bulgària-Vihren

    Cota més alta de les muntanyes del Parc Nacional de Pirin. La ruta comença des de l'estació d'esquí de Bansko. Malauradament, la meteorologia no ens acompanya i no podrem gaudir de bones vistes. Comencem des d'un pàrqu...

    Gràcies companys!
    ratillaman
  • Mount Ampasar (3050 m)

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    near Shnist, Kotaykʼ (አርሜኒያ)
    Distance
    6.43mi
    Elevation +
    3684f
    TrailRank
    55| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofMount Ampasar (3050 m) Photo ofMount Ampasar (3050 m) Photo ofMount Ampasar (3050 m)

    Route description: Ampasar mountain is located in Pambak sierra by stretching to the north in the central part of Kotayk province of the Republic of Armenia. Ampasar ski track is situated on the 3050m altitude in Lori pr...

    The route is very steep and as showed in pictures, it's only for skiing, not hiking.
    Shushan Rubenian
  • Fang - Le Verdy

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    near Im Fang, Canton de Fribourg (Switzerland)
    Distance
    4.03mi
    Elevation +
    2625f
    TrailRank
    53| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofFang - Le Verdy Photo ofFang - Le Verdy Photo ofFang - Le Verdy

    As a high avalanche risk, we just decided to take a more safety route. That doesn’t mean enjoyable and with powder snow. This time we went to spend the weekend next to Juanpass (near Gruyer). The weather was so nice an...

    100% recomended when the avalanch risk is high
    marta.ferrer
  • near Kongsvoll, Sør-Trøndelag (Norge)
    Distance
    35.57mi
    Elevation +
    5043f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of2015.04.11-18 - Dovrefjell national park, Norway (5 days) Photo of2015.04.11-18 - Dovrefjell national park, Norway (5 days) Photo of2015.04.11-18 - Dovrefjell national park, Norway (5 days)

    Norway - Dovrefjell National Park Duration: 5 days Departure / Arrival: Kongsvoll station (Kongsvold Fjellstue, 892 m) Highest point: Snøhetta (2.286 m) Distances and cumulative elevation: 57 km, +1.540 m Day 1: K...

  • Haute Route 2012 7/7 (Cab. Bertol - Zermatt)

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    near Arolla, Canton du Valais (Swiss Confederation)
    Distance
    14.78mi
    Elevation +
    1722f
    TrailRank
    51| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofHaute Route 2012 7/7 (Cab. Bertol - Zermatt) Photo ofHaute Route 2012 7/7 (Cab. Bertol - Zermatt) Photo ofHaute Route 2012 7/7 (Cab. Bertol - Zermatt)

    (Keep in mind that the path marked by the GPS is now an indication. You must adapt your own path to the snow, glacier and weather conditions, or any other factors which may affect the safety of the route.)

    Juntament amb l'etapa Vignettes - Bertol, les més boniques de tota la travessa
    josepmaria.cucurull
  • Volcan Casablanca

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    near Antillanca, Los Lagos (Chile)
    Distance
    5.62mi
    Elevation +
    2612f
    TrailRank
    51| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofVolcan Casablanca Photo ofVolcan Casablanca Photo ofVolcan Casablanca

    An easy climb with amazing views in good weather and a fun ski down. We got a walkers lift pass for US$11 each that let us use just the bottom chairlift (the snow didn't reach the base of the resort - it was a bad season...

    Great easy ascent for randonee or ski touring with beautiful views of nearby volcanoes and lakes and a fun ski down.
    Juan Carlos Dominguez
  • Volcan Osorno

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    near La Ensenada, Los Lagos (Chile)
    Distance
    7.56mi
    Elevation +
    4849f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo ofVolcan Osorno Photo ofVolcan Osorno Photo ofVolcan Osorno

    This is a spectacular peak to climb, although we found poor snow. An icy corrugated base with a thin and uneven layer of wind blown snow on top. We eventually dumped the skis and finished the climb on foot, using crampon...

  • Melchsee-Frutt nach Rotsandnollen

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    near Melchsee-Frutt, Kanton Obwalden (Switzerland)
    Distance
    11.52mi
    Elevation +
    2687f
    TrailRank
    50| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofMelchsee-Frutt nach Rotsandnollen Photo ofMelchsee-Frutt nach Rotsandnollen Photo ofMelchsee-Frutt nach Rotsandnollen

    Last Saturday we went to Melchsee-Frutt. The weather wasn’t nice, but enough to do some skitouren. We took the cable car from Stöckalp to Melchesee-frutt. There, we decided to go to Rotsandnollen. For our opinion, it ...

    Una miqueta toston... sort que el lloc era guai :)
    marta.ferrer
  • near Kongsvoll, Sør-Trøndelag (Norge)
    Distance
    9.77mi
    Elevation +
    1870f
    TrailRank
    47
    Photo of2015.04.11-12 - Kongsvold Fjellstue (Kongsvoll) - Reinheim Photo of2015.04.11-12 - Kongsvold Fjellstue (Kongsvoll) - Reinheim Photo of2015.04.11-12 - Kongsvold Fjellstue (Kongsvoll) - Reinheim

    Kongsvold Fjellstue (Kongsvoll) - Reinheim Duration: 4 h Departure / Arrival: Kongsvoll station (Kongsvold Fjellstue) / Reinheim cabin Highest point: Reinheim cabin (1.346 m) Distances and cumulative elevation: 15.7 ...

  • Obersee - Breitchamm

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    near Oberlochegg, Kanton Glarus (Switzerland)
    Distance
    10.50mi
    Elevation +
    3540f
    TrailRank
    46| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofObersee - Breitchamm Photo ofObersee - Breitchamm Photo ofObersee - Breitchamm

    Our first visit to Glarus we decided to go in Obersee. The landscape is quite nice and the quality and quantity of snow was nice (even with the high temperatures that we are heaving). The route starts with a kind of fla...

    I will like to come back again! :D
    marta.ferrer
  • Ski tour day trip (on 17&18 March 2012)

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    near Riemenstalden, Kanton Schwyz (Swiss Confederation)
    Distance
    13.39mi
    Elevation +
    6952f
    TrailRank
    46
    Photo ofSki tour day trip (on 17&18 March 2012) Photo ofSki tour day trip (on 17&18 March 2012) Photo ofSki tour day trip (on 17&18 March 2012)

    We made two ski-tour day trips from the Lidernen Hut (1727m). The hut was easily reached by gondola lift (cable car) and has plenty possibilities for skiing and climbing. We parked the car at 9:10 (paid parking), took th...

  • Studnicka Hora and Upska Jama couloir from Pec

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    near Pec pod Sněžkou, Královéhradecký (Czechia)
    Distance
    7.20mi
    Elevation +
    2238f
    TrailRank
    46
    Photo ofStudnicka Hora and Upska Jama couloir from Pec Photo ofStudnicka Hora and Upska Jama couloir from Pec Photo ofStudnicka Hora and Upska Jama couloir from Pec

    The timing includes two one hour overstay in restaurants. Very nice even if illegal downhill, in a case of avalanche risk not recommended.

  • near Le Montenvers, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    7.39mi
    Elevation +
    2159f
    TrailRank
    45| Rating 4.33
    Photo ofArgentiere glacier - Col du Passon - Tour glacier Photo ofArgentiere glacier - Col du Passon - Tour glacier Photo ofArgentiere glacier - Col du Passon - Tour glacier

    Lovely tour. Easy couloir to boot pack at the top and lovely easy angled slopes to ski down on the glacier. However - this GPS line does not take the best descent. It works when there is plenty of snow, although it is s...

    Great route 😊. There was plenty of snow, so it was very easy to ski down Le Tour glacier. Ascent to col du Passon was i...
    Puntchok
  • near La Bérarde, Région Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    8.55mi
    Elevation +
    269f
    TrailRank
    44| Rating 4.0
    Photo ofRefuge Adele Planchard to Pont d'Arsine car park Photo ofRefuge Adele Planchard to Pont d'Arsine car park Photo ofRefuge Adele Planchard to Pont d'Arsine car park

    From the Refuge Adele Planchard, skiing directly down to the Glacier de la Plate des Agneaux, and on down to the Refuge de l'Alpe de Villar d'Arêne - you need to skin up about 100 vertical metres. From there skin for ano...

    Lloc espectacular amb un ambient de montanya autentic. Llàstima que la neu edtava molt dura i feia malt temps.
    Jonipelut
  • Norway Svalbard Day 5 Ausflanke

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    near Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard (Svalbard and Jan Mayen)
    Distance
    7.89mi
    Elevation +
    4528f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo ofNorway Svalbard Day 5 Ausflanke Photo ofNorway Svalbard Day 5 Ausflanke Photo ofNorway Svalbard Day 5 Ausflanke

    We had problems on the coast for landing. There was a high wall of ice difficult to pass. Then we skied up on the glacier up to a steep wall before de saddle. From the saddle we continued in short turns to the summit. Fr...

  • Pic de Mil Menut 2779m from Ransol valley

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    near Ransol, Canillo (Andorra)
    Distance
    5.60mi
    Elevation +
    2940f
    TrailRank
    43| Rating 3.67
    Photo ofPic de Mil Menut 2779m from Ransol valley Photo ofPic de Mil Menut 2779m from Ransol valley Photo ofPic de Mil Menut 2779m from Ransol valley

    Lovely ski tour from the Ransol valley road, skinning up valley south-west of Bony de la Pala de Jan, skiing down the south-west slope of Pic de l'Estany Mort.

    Ruta muy guapa y sin muchas dificultades.
    luzinthesky
  • near Les Sobiranes, Ordino (Andorra)
    Distance
    8.04mi
    Elevation +
    3638f
    TrailRank
    43| Rating 4.33
    Photo ofRialb - Port de Banyell - France - Portella de Cebollera - Sorteny loop Photo ofRialb - Port de Banyell - France - Portella de Cebollera - Sorteny loop Photo ofRialb - Port de Banyell - France - Portella de Cebollera - Sorteny loop

    Great loop from the Sorteny car park. Up Rialb valley to the refuge, then up right to the Port de Banyell. Fun easy ski down to the right. Then 300 vertical metre skin back up to Portella de Cebollera. The only bit of th...

    The route is fantastic, however you need to be careful of the "moderate" designation. It's a long route with two long cl...
    ymmark0
  • La Rabassa to Grau Roig

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    near Juberri, Parròquia de Sant Julià de Lòria (Andorra)
    Distance
    16.05mi
    Elevation +
    5866f
    TrailRank
    42| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofLa Rabassa to Grau Roig Photo ofLa Rabassa to Grau Roig Photo ofLa Rabassa to Grau Roig

    A point-to-point tour from La Rabassa to Grau Roig, 3 ascents, 3 descents. The only difficulty is the distance and the final descent from the col de Pessons which can be corniced and prone to avalanche. You pass through ...

    As Cathy said, the length makes it difficult. You need to be careful of the entry into Pessons, it's for advanced skiers...
    ymmark0
  • Cerro Piltriquitrón

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    near El Bolsón, Río Negro (Argentina)
    Distance
    6.80mi
    Elevation +
    3524f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo ofCerro Piltriquitrón Photo ofCerro Piltriquitrón Photo ofCerro Piltriquitrón

    This is an easy peak that can be done in a couple of hours from El Bolson (or even a day from Bariloche if you drive early). However, if you need a place to stay, hiking up to the Refugio Piltriquitrón (40 min from the c...

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