Sector: La Coma » Link: Arcalís Cirque
Arcalís offers an unique attraction for those wishing to progress to back-country riding: a specially designated in-bounds off-piste zone, which contains a handful of tried and tested, snow-patrol protected routes through unpisted, unmarked terrain (unsuitable for novices).
The short Els Feixans button tow, accessed via La Balma
, specifically serves the area. On arrival at the top of this lift, simply ride straight off and choose your own line through the lightly-wooded rocky terrain ahead. Keep your wits about you to pick a safe route down the steadily steepening slopes, although there is nothing too extreme in here and the area is graded as a red equivalent.
You will eventually drop out onto the flat La Basera piste
, heading towards Arcalís base station
; for a greater challenge, aim for the big ‘O’ sculpture
and continue freeriding down the steep [often mogulled] slopes immediately below that, eventually joining the lower La Canaleta
to reach the base station.
CAUTION: don't go too far off-piste to the skier's right beyond the sculpture, because precipitous cliffs drop away to the base station far below.