This is one of Andorra’s most charming ski touring itinerary, whether due to its altitude and views from the top, or to its descent variants. A very pleasant departure for those who like to have a good long descent.
The total distance is about 8km with a descent run of 1000m. At normal speed, the journey can be made in around 3 and a half hours.
We left Pont de Castellar at around 9:30 from the road leading to the Arcalis ski resort. We started walking without snow until crossing the river over the log bridge (frozen of course, which led to some slipping). The snow was hard and frozen in the shade, so we put on our blades virtually after the first wide channel. By then the sun had begun to heat things up, and we did not need to use them again until the ascent leading to the first hill to the south, when things became a little damp and slippery. Once at the top, the wind blew at roughly 30km/h, which meant that the snow no longer melted, staying hard and quite frozen in some areas close to the most exposed ledges.
The descent was made this time with the same route as the climb.
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