Ski-Touring: Chamechaude Folatière Lapin

2013-04-28 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
08:30:00 Piste 1240 South-West 10/15 Powder 4
09:00:00 Pistes 1300 West 10/20 Powder 4
10:00:00 Summit couloir 2050 West 10/100 Mank 3
10:10:00 West Face 1950 West 15/100 Powder 5

Avalanche Observations

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


Participants: Luc Maxime Rob
Route Taken: Descent by the avalanche protection then the Rabbits' Pass
Road Access Clear

Vertical Climbed: 1070 meters (3511 feet)
Distance: 8 km
Weather Warm, 5C at the carpark. Cloud see and high level clouds.


Spotting a short weather window on Sunday morning I called Luc to see if he wanted to do a quick Chamechaude. In the end old friend Maxime also joined us and we met up with Rob who was doing 4 ascents today. Luc was not on great form, lack of training and I had a cold and was tired having just got back from holiday. There was not much snow at the teleski car park but generally good from 1300m. The summit was completely snow free, there was a meter on the 10th April, my previous visit.

We skied via the avalanche protection. Excellent snow. 15cm of fresh powder on a firm but not icy base. After skiing by the Folatiere rock outcrop we reskiing and climbed with Rob to the Breche Arnaud then skied via the Rabbits Pass which Max and Luc didn't know then down through the woods to the ski slopes.



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