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Blowing snow

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.
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Posted by davidof on the 05 March 2015

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Trip Reports

Out of the wind

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.
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Posted by davidof on the 2015-03-05

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Routes

Combe de Giglas

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).
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Posted by davidof on the 25 February 2015

Other Routes

  1. Rochers de Belles Ombres, East Couloir
  2. Col de Arzelier
  3. Pas du Pin, East Couloir Traverse
  4. Rochers de Chalves: Pas de âne - Fournet loop

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