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A ski tourer has been killed, and another injured in an avalanche on the Chamechaude peak close to Grenoble in the Chartreuse mountain range. The route is extremely popular with ski tourers from the region and a number of other groups were on hand to assist the victims. The slab was probably triggered at around 1900 meters, somewhere between the summit ridge and the avalanche protection.
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