Ski-Touring: Le Big LeLunchSki

2014-03-12 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
12:30:00 Chamechaude drag lift 1240 South-West 0/110 Corn 4
13:30:00 Summit 2050 West 0/30 Windblown (Sastrugi) 1
13:40:00 Couloir WNW right bank 2000 West 0/200 Corn 4
13:50:00 Bachassons 1650 South-West 0/160 Corn 3

Avalanche Observations

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


Route Taken: via le Canyon
Road Access Clear

Vertical Climbed: 840 meters (2756 feet)
Weather Warm, sunny, snow transformed around 13:00 on the west faces (Canyon in the shade until 13:30)


With just a long lunch and a bit tired after helping the tot with his Fleche on Tuesday I wanted something short and with easy skiing. I opted for a return trip to Chamechaude via the Canyon. A return trip to check the conditions on the climb. Snow was thin at the summit but it was possible to ski with a bit of care then a section of huge sastrugi about 30cm deep followed by corn. Not perfect spring skiing blow the Canyon with some old tracks to cut across. Hard snow in the forest followed by the ski runs (open) in good condition.

Not many people around. Atma Singh (Team Yogi-Tea) and his daughter at the car park but unusually no other cars. A skier at the Folatiere and a snow shoer at the summit. Rare.



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