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Two ski tourers were surprised by an avalanche earlier today as they were climbing towards the Tête de Vautisse (3156 meters) in the Ecrins mountain range. One of the victims, a liftie from nearby Puy St Vincent was killed by the slide, his friend, buried up to his waist, was able to raise the alert with the Mountain Rescue services based in nearby Briançon
The weather service announced a window from 10 to 2 pm, just before the arrival of storm Carmen. It had snowed overnight but only about 15cm. With the heavy rain at the weekend the snow depths have reduced from 70 to 30cm at 1000m but still enough to tour as it is relatively dense but somewhat discontinuous in the Chartreuse forests.
Posted by davidof on the 2018-01-01
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