Avalanche warning for French Alps

The authorities have issued a series of avalanche warnings for the French Northern Alps and Hautes-Alpes department giving the risk of skier triggered avalanches between High (4/5) and Considerable (3/5). There is no full avalanche bulletin in France at the moment. The risk is highest in the pre-Alps (Chartreuse, Bauges etc), traditional backup plans when the conditions are dangerous in the high mountains.

Posted by davidof on the 09 December 2017

Other Posts

  1. Three ski tourers killed in the Chartreuse
  2. Meteo France repeats avalanche warning for Pyrenees and Corsica
  3. Pyrenean local authorities warn of avalanche risk
  4. First turns Chamrousse

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Trip Reports

Curates Egg

Good in parts, like the Curate's Egg. The wind has considerably affected the snow. It has been blowing strongly from the north for a couple of days. This has moved snow from N to S faces leaving ridgelines rocky but with big accumulations on lee slopes.

Posted by davidof on the 2017-12-02

Other Reports

  1. Grand Rocher Laps
  2. Oratoire
  3. Around the col de Porte
  4. Roche Noire and company


Scia NW Couloir

Follow the trail to the habert d'Aiguebelle (refuge, renovated in 2008 but closed). Take the path that climbs on the left bank of the valley and after 150 meters turn to the south-east to climb through a glade (pt 1500m - ravin de Muret).

Posted by davidof on the 20 March 2017

Other Routes

  1. Mont Noir les Coulmes
  2. Orionde NW face
  3. Cime de la Jasse, north couloirs
  4. Point Arpire

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