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Pointe de la Cochette, Chartreuse, French Alps
The main reason to climb to the Cochette is the view. That said on a day of fresh snow the forest either side of the summit trail is skiable and the avalanche risk is not huge.
Emeindras on classic skis
I couldn't believe le Sappey would still be open. It had rained to 2500 meters and we'd had warm storm force winds for days. I still had my doubts at the car park.
Top of St Hilaire du Touvet
A return to St Hilaire du Touvet, this is becoming a habit but it had been raining for days with a lot of avalanche activity. We would also avoid the scrum of cars at le Sappey or Barrioz.
Col de Porte Stage Day 6
Day 6 of my observation with the Ecole de Porte. I was with Nathan. First off a group of 2 good skiers so it was a change to do a tour of techniques in particular cornering and descending.
Year of the Cat (Mont du 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
Col de Marcieu, Warm down
After my classic ski on the Herse I wanted to go back on ski it skating but a blizzard arrived out of nowhere so I settled for 5 loops of the Green piste at the Col de Marcieu.
Petites Roches Classic Ski
Nice snow for an early morning classic ski working a bit on technique.
Classic exercises on les Sagnes trails, le Sappey
I went up to do a bit of practice in classic style on the flat les Sagnes trails. Conditions were not great but ok for practice. Still looking to reduce tail slap with good kick.
We probably should have ridden against the wind to start with as it was very hard getting home across the Steppes of the Gresivaudan.
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