Ski Touring (5)
Pointe de la Cochette, Chartreuse, French Alps
The main reason to climb to the Cochette is the view. That said on a day of fresh snow the forest either side of the summit trail is skiable and the avalanche risk is not huge.
Charmant Som en Classic
36:36 for the climb compared to my record of 32:20 (for both skating and classic). Not bad at all and my 6th best time. I put it down to better technique as well as fitness.
Charmant Som, Canaple Loop
From the hairpin by the Pont des Cottaves (bridge 1110 meters about 2km on the n. side of the Col De Port) follow pylons to the bottom of the Chamont Som chair lift.
Col du Merlet from the pont du Merlet
The Col du Merlet is the main ski tour in the Merlet valley. A classic easy day out that passes through summer villages into the high Belledonne mountains.
Col des Balmettes via Fremezan; Belledonne, French Alps
RouteFrom St Collomban des Villards climb the Fremezan road. This is possible with a car if the road is cleared of snow..
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