Ski Touring: Col du Pouta - 2,383 m. (7,819 ft)

Tue, 9 May 2006


Minimum altitude: 1,334 meters

Distance: 6.7 km

Slope Aspect: West

Vertical Climbed: 1,079 meters (3,540 feet)

Vertical Descended: 1,079 meters

Rating: 2.2

Avalanche Risk: 2

Snowline: 1,345



From Prapoutel, follow one of the pistes up to Lac de la Jasse and then climb to the Col du Pouta via the piste.

At the col, you can continue along the ridge to reach the Cime de la Jasse to descend via the Jasse valley if there is enough snow - return via the road at around 1200m to Prapoutel.

Trip Report

It's a bit unimaginative but it combines 2 things: landmarks and guaranteed skiable snow. It's also a little tribute to Pierrot (Pierre Froment), who died on the Col de Pouta in January, whom I didn't know, but I find it very sad.


30cm of powdery snow at the summit with accumulations and even the little crumbly patches that seem to adhere quite well to the old snow, but watch out if you climb higher. The fresh snow hides the rocks from view, but not from the skis.


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