MONTE CASALE I (2894 Altitude)
Valun Blanch, Forcela Ciasè and south-western ridge
Classic tour with a very interesting descent. It is a possible descent itinerary for the following tour n. 21. Because of the northern exposition, the snow conditions are almost always perfect for an engaging and long descent.
From the Lavarella mountain hut, follow itineraries n. 16 and 19 until after the small saddle on the rock curb representing the entrance to the Valun Blanch (2300 m altitude). Head SSE and climb up modest inclinations through open inclines of large gullys, in direction of the Munt Ciastel. This mountain is very recognizable thanks to it large cylindrical shape. Climb a wide ridge until approximately 250 m from the Ciastel. Then deviate slightly to the South and follow the slope at its base.
On the right, on the eastern side of the Piz de Ciampestrin South, an odd morphological phenomenon can be observed. At a steep gully's end, an arch made of rock covers it. Leave the crossroads point with itinerary n. 21 on your left and proceed on the valley's bottom. The terrain's incline gets steeper in proximity with the head of the valley. Climb the steep slope with sharp serpentines, exiting on the high saddle of Forcela Ciasè (2850 m). Turn left and keep on the side of the Valun Blanch, through good and short inclines of the summit crest, shortly reaching the very nearby peak.
4 - 6 hours
Retrace the ascent itinerary, with the exception of a possible variation at the beginning.
Descend the short ridge (keep on the side of the Valun Blanch) and reach the Forcela Ciasè saddle. From here it is possible to descend on the left, following the terminal watershed of the valley, with soft incline (not advised for the ascent, because of the long exposition to the possible avalanches from the eastern slopes of the Piz Ciampestrin), until you reach, from the right, the base of the ridge you climbed on the ascent. The descent that follows is very easy and enjoyable, making it one of the best of its kind. Try to remain in the middle of the Valon, so that the descent will be, free, fast and safe. Instead, try to keep on the left when reaching the exit, by the eastern slopes of the Piz Ciampestrin, thus reaching the rocky curb and the saddle which allows the exit from the Valun Blanch. Cross it and continue on itinerary n. 19 and, as usual, to the Lavarella hut.
- Just like S1; some soft terrain irregularities and hollows. The descent is free
- The slope is more marked (30° ÷ 35°). It is not always easy to proceed in a straight line; it is necessary to bend more often, the terrain opens giving a certain degree of route choice
- Intermediate skier: he can manage descends ot the S3 difficulty type as well, as long as they are not continuous or very long
- Ski skins
- Tour for compact snow conditions