Ski-Touring: Barres de Tencovaz

2013-03-27 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
16:15:00 Summit 1930 South-East 0/200 Breakable Crust 2 Refrozen corn, stable
16:30:00 West face 1850 West 0/150 Corn 4 Glide cracks visible on the face

Avalanche Observations

Altitude Aspect Size Type
1550 West Median Wet Snow

Snowline Up/Down: 1000 meters (3281 feet)
Avalanche Risk: 2


Route Taken: as topo
Road Access Clear

Vertical Climbed: 940 meters (3084 feet)
Distance: 8 km
Weather Sunny, cool wind from west stopped snow transforming too much.


I'd been away for a few days, bad weather so no skiing lost. I got back around noon on Wednesday. A glorius day of sun and blue skied. Not too warm. Maybe a chance to get in a quick west face. I'd fancied the Barres de Tencovaz in the North Chartreuse above the small but excellent ski area of le Granier.

I arrived at the car park at 2.30pm. There was still a lot of snow on the runs but the lifts had been silent for a fortnight. A quick climb on spring snow to the summit then I followed recent tracks up through the woods to the base of the couloirs where I met a skier. He had not been able to go further due to lack of crampons. I left him to ski down and climbed directly the 100 meters to the summit plateau. Not easy going on some near vertical slopes. A quick traverse to the summit which I reached at 16h10 then back down by the main ski route. The snow was excellent still and the forest very skiable. Back at the car well before 5pm, mission accomplished.



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