Ski-Touring: Dent de Crolles: prairie and Pravouta

2017-05-01 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
15:30:00 Pravouta 1400 South-East 20/30 Heavy Powder 2

Avalanche Observations

Altitude Aspect Size Type
1800 South-West Sluff Purge

Snowline Up/Down: 1420 meters (4659 feet)
Avalanche Risk: 3

Description

Participants:
Route Taken: Prairie, sw couloir + Pravouta SE
Road Access clear

Vertical Climbed: 500 meters (1640 feet)
Distance: 5 km
Weather Sunny + Low cloud, 2C at Col

Comments

We've had quite a bit of fresh snow over the last 5 days. The automatic weather station at the Col de Porte (1300 meters) showed two falls of 30 + 25cm.The problem is, it is May, and snow melts, fast. I'd been up at the Col du Coq yesterday and the remains of last week's fall was still around on north facing slopes and in couloirs. With an overnight top up of 25cm surely enough to ski?

Well not quite. Where there was sufficient depth the snow was quite heavy and not great to ski, otherwise there was a risk of hitting rocks. So not the awesome end of season skiing I thought about. My head told me to go to the Col du Pouta, there I would at least have been skiing on a base of man made snow laid down by the resort. But still it was nice to get out into the Chartreuse.

I didn't tackle the access to the summit due to the warming and risks of purges in this terrain trap.

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