Croix De L Alpe

Ski Areas > Northern Alps > Chartreuse > Les Pres > Le Croix de l'Alpe

From the village of les Prés follow a path that climbs between a field to the left and house to the right towards the north west. It enters the woods and cuts across a forest trail at 1100m then the main trail at 1125m then another trail at 1260m. Finally at 1365m you should follow the trail to the north for 100m before picking up the path which leads to Pre Orcel. At Pre Orcel traverse across to a field and pick up the track that leads to the Cabane de l’Allier. From the Cabane follow the main trail to the north, it rapidly doubles back to the south to follow a horizontal and very pleasant path under the cliffs. This can be difficult when there is a lot of snow.

The track finally climbs to the south-east through a wide and gentle couloir at 1650m to reach the col de l’Alpe at 1797m. From here the Croix de l’Alpe is clearly visible.

The descent is possible through the forest however there are some hidden cliffs, particuarly towards the croix de l'Alpe. The forest roads are skiable from the first snows of winter but are not particuarly interesting.


It should be possible to descend by the col de Belles Ombres

Mountain RangeChartreuse
SummitCroix de l'Alpe
Altitude1821 meters
Starting Altitude960m
Vertical860 meters
MapIGN TOP 25 3333 0T Chartreuse Nord
GPS WaypointN 45.4184° E 05.9266°
GPS RouteGoogle-Earth:Les-Pres
Grade[1]Danger: 1, Climb: PD, Ski: 2.3
SnowboardersThe traverse from the Cabane de l'Allier is flat
Equipmentski crampons
Road AccessA41 -> Le Touvet -> Saint Vincent de Mercuze -> Montalieu > Les Prés

Trip Reports

25th January 2007

It was very windy today but there was no wind and also no base to the fresh snow. I followed the usual path to climb up to the col but took the forest roads back as there was not enough snow to ski in the forest. A final descent across the fields with about 20cm of fresh was excellent.

    * Weather : Sunny, cold, cloud sea
    * Avalanche Risk: Moderate (2/5)
    * Participants: Alone

17th November 2007

A bit more snow than last January. The couloir from the croix de l'alpe was full enough to ski. Lots of ski on the plateau and over towards le Truc.

    * Weather : Sunny, warm, cloud sea at 1600 meters
    * Avalanche Risk: N/A
    * Participants: Alone

Category: Trip Reports

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