Ski-Touring: Pravouta Ski - Bike

2017-02-09 by davidof

Snow and Avalanche

Time Location Altitude Aspect Fresh/Total Type Skiability Stability
10:30:00 le Baure 1050 South-East 10/10 Powder 3
11:00:00 1200 South-East 10/30 Powder 4
12:00:00 1650 North 20/50 Powder 3 Seemed very well bonded

Avalanche Observations

Snowline Up/Down: 1030 meters (3379 feet)
Avalanche Risk: 2

Description

Participants:
Route Taken: as topo
Road Access Snow started at le Baure.

Vertical Climbed: 1570 meters (5151 feet)
Distance: 30.5 km
Weather Not too cold, thick low cloud.

Comments

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. The photograph doesn't give you a real idea of what it was like as I've boosted the contrast - we need electronic ski masks with image enhancement.

Skiing was ok. About 10cm of fresh snow on a base that is a bit humid so you had to keep your weight balanced. In face it was better on the fields lower down except the very last section which lacked depth.

There are a number of layers in the snowpack at 1600 meters. About 20cm of fresh snow. Then a more or less humid layer which continues for about 40cm then about 5/10cm of very wet slushy snow. Presumably it rained quite high last weekend. If it cools down or the weather clears it could improve skiing quite a bit by sucking moisture out of the snowpack.

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