Ski Touring (197)
Roche Noire and company
Traditional season opener at les 7 laux.
Climb by the Maturu piste. I had a look at the antenne couloir but after a few turns at the top it seemed a bit dry, not as good as last year.
Dent de Crolles: prairie and Pravouta
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.
Scia Couloir S
I've never visited this bowl which is clearly visible from the trail that climbs to the Jasse.
Scia NW Couloir
Follow the trail to the habert d'Aiguebelle (refuge, renovated in 2008 but closed).
The long way home
First and last Chamechaude for this year, probably, given the snow conditions. It is surprising how much it has melted since Wednesday when i was last in the area.
Jasse by fair means
A Jasse "by fair means" in other words taking the mountain bike from home to the snowline then skiing from there. 2350 meters of climbing in total.
Vallon de Marcieu
This is the first time this year that conditions have been acceptable for this route. Some guys attempted it after the 11 Jan snowfall, which was fairly considerable but had to downclimb the couloir.
Pravouta Ski - Bike
Return to Pravouta by bike. I found skiable snow below the village of le Baure and depths rapidly increased. The big issue was visibility with a real pea souper.
Orionde before the thaw
With a thaw predicted for next week and fairly thin snow cover I thought it was time to revisit a little mountain I'd not skied on the NW side since 2010.
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