Ski Touring (215)
Year of the Cat (Mont de Chat, Couloir des Chênaies)
First off I beached my car on deep snow, trying to turn for the parking. I should have immediately parked when I saw the road was white.
Canaple from the Pont de Cottaves, Chartreuse, French Alps
From the Pont des Cottaves (1111m) follow a trail on the right bank of the river to a clearing at 1150m (bottom of an old chair lift) then turn slightly SW to follow a ski piste that crosses the Charm
Petit Som, West Couloir, Chartreuse, French alps
I realized I'd never descended the West Couloir of the Petit Som. I'd climbed it once and recalled it was a pretty steep afair. More than the 35 degrees mentioned in the guidebooks.
L'Alpette, Chartreuse, France
Short tour with junior (who was testing lighter TSL snow shoes) to l'Alpette which is a small field (hence the name) on the Aulp du Seuil climb.
Col des Ayes
A little tour with tot to get some air. The road was completely pisted by the passage of the hundreds of skiers, snow shoers, sledgers and every other kind of engine.
St Hilaire top of the pistes
Tot was moaning about the ski resorts being closed so I suggested we climb to the top of the ski runs at St Hilaire.
Afterwork: Pravouta by night
A little afterwork. I started around 16h30 from the car park at 1190 meters but it was no doubt possible to tour from much lower down, from the main road to St Pancrasse at 1000 meters even.
Croix de Chamrousse, Belledonne, France
The Croix de Chamrousse is the summit of the Chamrousse ski pistes at 2250 meters. It can be reached from the Recoin, la Roche Berenger or Casserousse at 1400 meters.
Aulp du Seuil avec Thibaut
Thibaut had suggested we ski the Couloir en Virgule.
Charmant Som en Classic
36:36 for the climb compared to my record of 32:20 (for both skating and classic). Not bad at all and my 6th best time. I put it down to better technique as well as fitness.
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