Ski Touring (16)
Dent du Pra
Arriving in the Venetiers we were not at all surprised to see that it was wall to wall breakable crust. The wind had blown full hooligan and the sun and low cloud had done its work.
Year of the Cat (Mont du Chat, Couloir des Chênaies)
First off I beached my car on deep snow, trying to turn for the parking. I should have immediately parked when I saw the road was white.
Petit Som, West Couloir, Chartreuse, French alps
I realized I'd never descended the West Couloir of the Petit Som. I'd climbed it once and recalled it was a pretty steep afair. More than the 35 degrees mentioned in the guidebooks.
Col du Baure or nearly
Given the 40 cm of snow that fell in town it was a chance to tour to the Manival valley directly from the front door. There were already a lot of tracks from snow shoers from this AM.
Cime de la Jasse, north couloirs
From le Pleynet, climb the ski trail to the combe du Pra. Climb the bowl to the south to the col du Pra via the easiest couloir. The cime de la Jasse is 50 meters to the west.
Pic de la Belle Etoile south couloir from Prabert
From Prabert climb to the habert d'Aiguibelle (1740m) then to the NE to the Col de l'Aigleton (2266m). Remove skins and descend East into the Riviers valley to 2140 meters.
Charmant Som North-West Couloir
Follow the les Cottaves route to the summit. http://pistehors.com/charmant-som-from-les-cottaves.
Trainer Couloirs of the Jas de Lievres
At the southern end of the ski resort of Prapoutel - Les 7 Laux the Jas des Lièvres and the Combe de Bedina have been spared ski lifts and only off piste skiers using the Lac drag lift disturb the pea
The Bellin Couloir is found just to the North of the cable car station and crosses under the cable descending 400 before it joins the Combe du Brévent giving a total of 1500m of descent to the valley
Dent du Pra by the Aigleton
Habert d'Aiguebelle, 1740mComments on route: The majority of the route is exposed to the South-West so transforms later in the day.
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