Wed, 25 February 2015
Minimum altitude: 935 meters
Slope Aspect: NorthTrip Reports
Vertical Climbed: 1,150 meters (3,773 feet)
Follow the Giclas route as far as the Roc d'Arguille http://pistehors.com/combe-de-giclard.14562522013.htm. From the summit head to the NW keeping close to the ridgeline (the plateau is a wildlife protection area and skiers should stay as close to the right of the plateau as is reasonable). You will arrive at a small gorge that leads down through the cliffs. After you exit this gorge descend to the east through a stand of trees for about 150 meters then turn again to the NW to follow a series of clearings in the woods. At around 1530 meters turn to the NE to enter the combe de Giclas which descends to the Perquelin road at 935 meters.
From le Perquelin climb the forest track to the Col des Ayes. This will take 1 to 2 hours. The slopes under the Roc d'Arguille and Pravouta are avalanche prone. Do not leave the trail. There is often a corniche at the Col des Ayes (1538m) which can be difficult to climb. Leave a good distance between skiers on the climb. From the Col ski back to the trailhead or combine with a Dent des Crolles, Pravouta or Bec Charvet.
Can also be taken starting from Perquelin or from St Hughes de Chartreuse via the Ocèpé Forest
Access: Grenoble > St Nazaire les Eymes > St Pancrasse du Touvet > left after the tunnel > Col du Coq. Parking at 1220 meters or higher in the spring.
Country: France Area: Chartreuse Trailhead: Col Du Coq