Ski Touring: Col de la Croix, West; Belledonne; France - 2,529 m. (8,298 ft)

Fri, 4 May 2001


Minimum altitude: 1,129 meters

Distance: 7.9 km

Slope Aspect: West

Trip Reports

Vertical Climbed: 1,400 meters (4,593 feet)

Vertical Descended: 0 meters

Rating: 2.3

Avalanche Risk: -

Snowline: 1,780


From La Martinette follow the summer trail. At the exit of the forest, continue in the bottom of the Combe Madame.  Continue in the Combe Madame, at 2150, directly above the Col de la Croix, go up the slopes and remains of the glaciers of the Combe Madame and the Rocher Blanc to the southeast. And finally, the top!


Nemoz gite or in the refuge de la Combe Madame (unguarded in the winter but open). Thing about bringing some paper and firewood from the forest.

You are not allowed to park in the village of La Martinette or in "Le Nemoz" car park. There is a "hiker" parking lot on the main road at 1050m

Trip Report

Finally I went just below the Col de la Croix but the visibility was too bad to continue (without GPS). A bit dangerous given the conditions and a waste of time really.

The refuge is open and there are 5 mattresses and even a bit of dry wood. Super refuge to spend the night at 1784 meters. Can put on skis from here.


Low cloud from 2000 meters, zero visibility, spring snow.


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