Ski Touring: Janvril on Pravouta - 1,760 m. (5,775 ft)

Thu, 4 April 2019


Minimum altitude: 1,220 meters

Distance: 6.9 km

Slope Aspect: South-East

Vertical Climbed: 742 meters (2,435 feet)

Vertical Descended: 742 meters

Rating: 2.2

Avalanche Risk: 3

Snowline: 950


With a return to winter, or Janvril as it is known it seemed like a good idea to take a tour. It was possible to start from le Baure climbing up through the pastures towards the Col du Coq. There I met some skiers who'd climbed to Pravouta so I decided to follow their tracks. From the summit I lacked time so decided to ski straight back down. Snow was pretty good really down to the road where it became heavy. By the time I'd reached the road the clearance crew had been through and removed all the snow, which was not very handy. Normally they don't do this until the end of the month so why they'd decided to do it today rather than wait for a thaw I don't know.

So nothing else for it but to ski back through the woods. Despite the lack of base this wasn't too bad. I then took the fields above le Baure where the snow was very heavy and progress was not easy!

Start: le Baure (950 meters), Chartreuse, France

Time: 2h30


Avalanche risk 3 with wind primarily from the south-west. Snow was heavy powder below 1500 meters. Not bad above and not too much evidence of wind. Low cloud at times but viz. generally good. Around 5C in the valley. No visible avalanche activity and all seemed stable, either no base or old spring snow.

Fresh snow

60cm at 1500 meters, 30cm at 1000 meters


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