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TR: Rocher Blanc, tour via the Buyant Ridge (24 May 2012)
Posted: 24 May 2012 11:17 PM  
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Joined  2003-10-24

I’ve been very busy over the last couple of weeks so not much chance to get out. However today I was up with the crack to drive to the Col de la Croix de Fer for a tour to the Rocher Blanc - at 2928 m the highest summit you can ski from in the Belledonne range. Well ok you can ski from the Grand Pic de Belledonne, or at least a couple of people have done it.

I set off from the car at 7h20, it was already warm. Just in front was Sylvain and following up behind Benoit and Bruno on a snowboard. The snow was soggier than Charlize Theron’s buttocks. Around 50cm had fallen on Monday and Tuesday, this had compacted down to about 15cm of soft snow on the harder neve base.

Arriving at the summit at 10am another lumiere of the skitour website, David Lavie was just heading down. Sylvain and Benoit arrived at the summit and I agreed with Benoit to ski down the north side and then return by a south facing slope under the Rochers du Buyant close to the col of the same name.

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Crete du Buyant

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la Chartreuse

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Sylvain in the soft snow

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Still plenty of snow towards the Belle Etoile

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Combe Madame

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Lots of snow on the Etendard

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And plenty on the North Belledonne too

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does my bum look big in this?

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My super 15 euro ski jacket

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Turns in the soft snow

Lots of purges on nearly all steep slopes. The snow is very good. We skied to 10 minutes of the car-park which is pretty rare on the 24th of May.

Posted: 25 May 2012 02:46 AM   [ # 1 ]  
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Joined  2008-01-31

What a great tour—wish I could be there with my skis.

Posted: 04 June 2012 09:45 AM   [ # 2 ]  
Total Posts:  2234
Joined  2003-10-24

See you in a couple of weeks with your bikes,

here is a video someone took of us skiing, the snow was very sticky by then