Nordic-Skiing: Snow is back

2017-02-07 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
13:00:00 Trails 1400 West 50/70 Hardpack 4
13:00:00 Chamechause 1700 West 50/70 Heavy Powder 3

Avalanche Observations

Snowline Up/Down: 1320 meters (4331 feet)
Avalanche Risk: 2

Description

Participants:
Route Taken: as topo
Road Access Deep snow in places after le Sappey fallen from trees

Vertical Climbed: 220 meters (722 feet)
Distance: 9.3 km
Weather Drizzle, overcast. 0C at Col.

Comments

First time around the nordic trails this year. Snow is soft - there is a lot of new snow that hasn't compacted yet but slides quite well. Some debris on the pistes. Le Sappey seemed to be unskiable - below the snow line.

On Chamechaude itself (with randonnee skis) snow is heavy powder, sticky both climbing and descending. Not great to ski.

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