No Working On Powder Days is the life philosophy of Elton and his friends! From Andorra, he is sharing his mountain ski outings and it is always a pleasure to follow his adventures through his facebook. Since he is a user of the Skitude platform, he tracks his activity with the Vallnord, Grandvalira and Skitude apps. In this post, he shares with us his last Skimo route in Sorteny – Rialb in the area of Vallnord. He describes the route, illustrated by a photo gallery and the track he saved with the app.
Pass through the Sorteny Valley, going downhill to the Valley of Rialb. This is the usual route when you are short on time and want to have a good descent with a considerable drop.
The starting point is the Sorteny Valley Natual Park´s car park, where we can leave our car and take the path straight to the shelter of the same name.
To shorten the route, we follow the riverbed on its left side until we arrive back on the track that leads to the shelter.
Once we reach the Sorteny shelter, we go around it on its left side and take the route towards Turó del Forn. This is a gentle upward slope through the forest that gets gentler as we get higher. Once we arrive on level ground near the ridge separating the two valleys, we can forge ahead all the way to Turó del Forn. In this case, we do not go all the way to the top, but instead start the descent at the 2,390 mark, where the Rabassa paths can be seen.
Today, we did not want to tempt fate, since snowfall was rather heavy and this area can be a little tricky when the snow reaches a considerable thickness.
We then enjoy a pleasant run with enough descent, that offers plenty of variety, before arriving at the bottom of the Rialb Valley.
Once we get to the river, we follow its course back to the car park, where we started the route.
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Bear in mind that mountain skiing requires good technique. You can follow NWPD´s advices on his blog.
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