Ski Touring: First ski tour of the winter - 1,835 m. (6,021 ft)

Sun, 23 January 2022


Minimum altitude: 1,051 meters

Distance: 9.5 km

Slope Aspect: North-West

Vertical Climbed: 797 meters (2,615 feet)

Vertical Descended: 798 meters

Rating: 1.2

Avalanche Risk: 2

Snowline: 900


Due to my knee and ankle injury picked up riding on ice in mid November I'd not toured this season as it is quite painful when the snow is difficult. Decided to try the Grand Rocher as I knew it would be fairly well tracks. Things are fine on hard or transformed snow but choppy powder still torques my ankle a bit too much. Climb time was around 660 meters/hour - so not too shabby given the problem of negotiating some fallen trees plus the ice fall. Nice 800 meters of skiing but need to wait a bit before doing anything more serious. Fantastic views from the summit today.


Hard snow where people had climbed. Destructured powder in places from the cold. Generally good but some stones on the path - easy to avoid plus a section of ice for 50 meters which I skied around through the woods.


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