Ski Touring: Pointe De La Comberousse, NE Face; Belledonne; French Alps - 2,866 m. (9,403 ft)

Fri, 20 April 2007


Minimum altitude: 1,095 meters

Distance: 14 km

Slope Aspect: North-East

Trip Reports

Vertical Climbed: 1,770 meters (5,807 feet)

Vertical Descended: 1,770 meters

Rating: 4.2

Avalanche Risk: 2

Snowline: 1,630


From the car park at the far end of the village climb a track into the Gleyzin valley. At around 1400 meters the path steepens and the Pertuis couloir is on the left (avalanches!), at 1600m the track traverses across some rock bands (avalanches, exposed) to reach a plateau. Climb to the refuge d'Oule (note that the slope to the right of the refuge is prone to slab avalanches - two deaths in 2004). Climb up the left bank of the bowl, the valley is flatter after the Montagne de l'Oule. Follow the valley eastwards to the glacier du Gleyzin. The Pointe de la Comberousse is directly in front.

Comments    Direct route from the summit is steep (>45° over 50m), danger of avalanches by the refuge d'Oule
Equipment    ski crampons, ice ax, crampons
Road Access    A41 > Goncelin > Allevard -> (le Pleynet/7 Laux) after Pinsot take 1st left to the Bourgeat Noire
Refuge: Refuge Antoine Cros/Oule, unguarded

Trip Report

A surprisingly good overnight refreeze after Wednesday's soup, better than announced in the avalanche bulletin. I left Gleyzin at 6h30 to arrive at the summit at 11h00. A nice gentle pace. Descent was at 11h30. The snow was very good but maybe just a little early on the west facing slopes which were a bit rough with percolation waves formed by the recent days' heatwave.

The first 20 meters were very steep with some side slipping by earlier skiers making turns difficult. There was cold, almost powder snow on the right bank of the face in the shade which was better to turn in. Skied down to 1550 meters on the tongue of an avalanche with 35 meters of portage in between. Otherwise the snowline is at 1630 meters.


Warm but cooler than recent days, Sunny, Good refreeze, possible to ski to 1550m by an avalanche deposit under the Pertuis.


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