Ski-Touring: Dent Dure

2015-03-09 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
10:45:00 Pas d'Oeille 2000 South-West 0/100 Corn 3
10:50:00 Pas d'Oeille 1900 South-West 0/100 Hardpack 1
11:00:00 Upper Prairie 1750 South-West 0/60 Hardpack 2
11:05:00 Lower Prairie 1500 South-West 0/60 Corn 3

Avalanche Observations

Snowline Up/Down: 1220 meters (4003 feet)
Avalanche Risk: 1


Route Taken: as topo
Road Access Clear and dry

Vertical Climbed: 860 meters (2822 feet)
Distance: 8.5 km
Weather Sunny, not too warm at altitude. Wind from the north.


The snow transformed late today but as I had to be somewhere at 11.30 I couldn't wait for it. Normally it is ok by 11am in March but perhaps the wind and a small amount of high cloud slowed down the transformation. In any case the right bank of the Pas d'Oeille was spring snow but unfornately the crux is on the left bank and was hard, smooth, icy snow. I almost considered fitting crampons and down climbing this part, it wasn't fun on skis. The upper part of the prairie was like corrugated iron roofing wit the snow only softening around 1500 meters. Apparently it was great skiing by midday.



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