Ski-Touring: Année des vaches maigres

2015-01-21 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
15:50:00 Summit 2000 West 20/50 Powder 4
16:05:00 Folatiere 1650 West 25/25 Powder 4
16:10:00 Pistes 1400 West 25/25 Mank 3

Avalanche Observations

Snowline Up: 1250 meters (4101 feet)
Snowline Down: 1250 meters (4101 feet)
Avalanche Risk: 2

Description

Participants:
Route Taken: as topo
Road Access Some snow after le Sappey but ok on normal tires.

Vertical Climbed: 750 meters (2461 feet)
Vertical Descended: 750 meters (2461 feet)
Distance: 4.6 km
Weather Low cloud, obscured sun. 1C at the col.

Comments

Despite three snow episodes (dumps as they are called on the anglo fora) over the last week the conditions are not great and a couple of days of foehn could wipe out any gains. Meteo France says that nearly a meter has fallen on the Chartreuse, and yet, there is possible 50cm near the summit of the Chamechaude, the highest point in the mountain range and 25cm (measured) at 1650 meters.

Rocks are only just covered and you have to ski lightly and with a lot of awareness the whole time. Where there has been some traffic the snow is already back down to the ground in places.

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