Ski Touring: Année des vaches maigres

Wed, 21 January 2015


Distance: 4.6 km

Slope Aspect: West

Trip Reports

Vertical Climbed: 750 meters (2,461 feet)

Vertical Descended: 750 meters

Avalanche Risk: 2

Snowline: 1,250


Despite three snow episodes (dumps as they are called on the anglo fora) over the last week the conditions are not great and a couple of days of foehn could wipe out any gains. Meteo France says that nearly a meter has fallen on the Chartreuse, and yet, there is possible 50cm near the summit of the Chamechaude, the highest point in the mountain range and 25cm (measured) at 1650 meters.

Rocks are only just covered and you have to ski lightly and with a lot of awareness the whole time. Where there has been some traffic the snow is already back down to the ground in places.

Weather: Low cloud, obscured sun. 1C at the col.

Access: Some snow after le Sappey but ok on normal tires.

Country: France Area: Chartreuse Trailhead: Col De Porte