Freeride downhill: Itinerari de l’Alt de la Capa i pic de Setúria

Freeride downhill: Itinerari de l’Alt de la Capa i pic de Setúria

Level

mig

Distance

7,8 km

Height difference

+364 m / -953 m

Start point: The most comfortable and the best option is to take the cable car from La Massana. This proposal is one of two short routes on the same day with two ascents.The first is the access to the Alt de la Capa peak already described in the route with the same name, but this time we will descend down the south-western side. We will climb the peak from the cable car connecting Pal with Arinsal. The second ascent begins at the end of the descent from la Capa, which leaves us at the road to the Port de Cabús mountain pass. From here we will climb the whole road to the Cabús pass at 2,306 m, taking one hour.

To do the 2nd descent in the day, we will go to Setúria peak from Cabús mountain pass and climb the ridge of the same peak southwards for around 35 minutes. Once at the peak at 2,522 m we will descend the eastern side to les Bordes de Setúria. All that remains is to go back up a few metres to get the Setúria cable car (Pal sector in the Vallnord-Pal Arinsal ski resort).

Descent: The Alt de la Capa south-western sideis an easy descent down a very wide face with a moderate gradient of 35°-40° that can present all types of snow thanks to its southern orientation. It is not advisable to do this on days following heavy snowfalls due to the risk of avalanches.The Setúria peak, eastern side, is a long descent to les Bordes de Setúria; only in the first 100 m do we find a strong gradient with some rock obstacles allowing us to do some jumps, and then the descent of the valley is very flat until the end. A good alternative when we are at Setúria and if we still feel strong enough is to carry on along the ridge southwards to Pic de la Bassera at 2,686 m, gaining much more height and a better orientation as this faces NE. The descent will lead as to the same valley and the same finishing point, but we will need an extra hour.

Parking area: (42°32'50.34"N and 1°30'49.73"E).

Drop: 35-45°

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