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Blown snow, Belledonne range, 5/Mar/2015
It has been a windy day in the French Alps. At 10am speeds of 150km/h were recorded at the summit of the Bellevard in Val d'Isere. This meant lift closures. Nearby la Plagne recorded speeds of 100km/h and the Roche de Mio gondola was shut for a while. Things were a bit calmer at the Aiguille du Midi (80km/h) and Grands Montets (50km/h) but still enough to shut a number of high altitude lifts in the Mont Blanc area.
With the high winds I didn't fancy touring today so decided on a the Chemin de l'Herse which I'd seen had been bashed overnight (it was covered in fresh snow yesterday). The wind had brought a lot of twigs and pine needles onto the trail in places.
Posted by davidof on the 2015-03-05
Follow the Giclas route as far as the Roc d'Arguille http://pistehors.com/combe-de-giclard.14562522013.htm. From the summit head to the NW keeping close to the ridgeline (the plateau is a wildlife protection area and skiers should stay as close to the right of the plateau as is reasonable).
Posted by davidof on the 25 February 2015