First turns Chamrousse

On Tuesday Guillaume Deschanel got some early turns in at Olympic Chamrousse in the French Alps near Grenoble. The conditions don't look too bad, for a 7th November. Still we had more snow at the same time last year and that melted by the end of the month to leave a December/January dry and one of the worst winters on record. Predictions are for rain at the start of the weekend turning to snow later, perhaps even down to valley levels.

Posted by davidof on the 10 November 2017

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Trip Reports

Around the col de Porte

Snow conditions were very hard at the col with some dimples after the passage of lots of feet at the col. It is possible to ski from the car park but you have to go carefully on the descents. As you climb the snow quality improved and was easier to ski descending.

Posted by davidof on the 2017-11-22

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  1. Roche Noire and company
  2. Charmant Som
  3. Oratoire in the mist
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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

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

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