Ski-Touring: Dent de Crolles from les Meunieres

2013-12-31 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
13:30:00 Summit 2020 North 0/20 Windblown (Sastrugi) 3
13:35:00 Pas de l'Oeille 1900 South-West 20/60 Mank 3 Some micro windslab in the cliff bands
13:45:00 Prairie 1700 South-West 15/50 Powder 4 Microslabs in cross loaded runnels above 1700m
13:50:00 Ruined barn 1500 South-West 10/40 Powder 4
13:55:00 Road 1300 South 0/30 Hardpack 3
14:05:00 le Baure 1100 South-East 2/20 Skiable Crust 4

Avalanche Observations

Altitude Aspect Size Type
1900 South-West Sluff Slab

Snowline Up: 1030 meters (3379 feet)
Snowline Down: 1030 meters (3379 feet)
Avalanche Risk: 2


Route Taken: Started from the reservoirs just above hamlet of les Meunires.
Road Access Dry

Vertical Climbed: 1000 meters (3281 feet)
Weather Sunny, cold east wind


A real Dent de Crolles. Started from 1030m at the reservoirs just above the hamlet of les Meunires/St Pancrasse and a real bit of skiing in great conditions. AOC Chartreuse approuve. There is still some lack of snow on the Prairie of the Dent de Crolles, you can't ski like a maniac but have to look for where the couloirs that run down the face have accumulated snow.

The Pas de l'Oeille has a lot of tracks but you can ski it entirely, both climbing and descending.

The left hand side of the Prairie had no tracks so I skied that on the way down. No problem with rocks. 10cm of great power on a more or less firm base. Lower down the road was a ski piste and further still some bits of the "secret garden" lacked a bit of snow but generally great snow once the sun had got on it a bit.

Snow transport from the east to west. The climbing track was completely filled with snow blown by the wind.



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