Ski-Touring: Chamechaude by the Canyon

2013-04-10 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
18:15:00 Summit 2080 West 5/200 Hardpack 3 Good, corn snow with some windblown fresh
18:20:00 Plateau 2000 West 10/200 Powder 4
18:40:00 Exit canyon 1700 West 10/150 Heavy Powder 4 Some localized and small sluffing
18:45:00 Woods 1550 West 0/150 Mank 3 Wet snow in the woods

Avalanche Observations

Altitude Aspect Size Type
1600 West Median Wet Snow

Snowline Up/Down: 1240 meters (4068 feet)
Avalanche Risk: 2

Description

Participants:
Route Taken: as topo
Road Access Clear, pot holes on the road before the Col de Porte

Vertical Climbed: 840 meters (2756 feet)
Weather Cold south wind at summit, light cloud

Comments

With the great snow conditions in the Chartreuse this year I was keen to try a new route on the Chamchaude and explore the mountain after a reccie this winter. Used crampons to climb the Canyon which still has good snow cover and stayed on crampons to the summit. It was very cold at the summit with a bitter south wind.

Descent was windblown for the first 50 meters then pockets of powder down to the canyon which was spring snow. From the canyon to the woods it was heavy powder. Instead of taking the traditional path to the top of the pistes that everyone takes I continued straight down through the woods which are wide enought to ski to join the track that leads to the top of the drag lift.

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