Extreme-Skiing in the Dolomites at Vallençant Couloir

The Vallençant Couloir is a good benchmark for those who love to challenge the force of gravity on ski. It's a spellbinging itinerary for extreme-skiing (*), located on the north face of Monte Cristallo in Cortina d'Ampezzo. It's an adventure with a tricky approach: a climb along the Marino Bianchi Via Ferrata completely under snow cover, followed by a sensational run along a couloir with a 50 degree average incline -- even up to 55 degrees in some sections!

Frenchman Patrick Vallençant has been the first to ski down this couloir. He was the iconic skier of the 70's when extreme skiing was a revolutionary non-comformist activity and we used to ski on long skis with unsecure bindings and makeshift boots.

(*) Off-piste skiing is labeled extreme when the incline is over 45 degrees. Other factors determine the extreme difficulty of the run, such as snow conditions, run exposure, slope length, route width and climbing difficulties encountered along the itinerary. 

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