Ski Touring and Mountaineering in the Vanoise

Paul and I have just spent a week in the Vanoise. From Monday to Friday we were ski touring with NOCG (Naval Outdoor Centre Germany) and Infinity Mountain Guides. Some of the highlights were;

  • Rocher du Charvet (2856m) and the Palafour off piste run.
  • Ouille de la Jave (2867m) and Ouille des Tretetes (2948m).
  • Dome de Pramecou (3081m) and the Tour of the Grande Balme off piste run.
  • Ouille Noire (3357m) and the Pays Desert.
  • The Grande Motte (3423m) and the Couloir Petite Balme.

On Saturday, Paul and traversed La Tsanteleina (3601m) by climbing the North Face and descending the South Face and Glacier du Couarts Dessus. We had a great time on what was quite a physically challenging peak that before mid may (when the road opens) involves 1800 metres of ascent and a significant distance.

Lots more photos on the facebook page.

Fresh Tracks in the Vanoise and Haute Maurienne

Descending from the summit of L'Uja back to the skis.

Descending from the summit of L’Uja back to the skis.

I have just had another fantastic five days ski touring in the Vanoise and Haute Maurienne with Robbo, Jock, Jon, Mikey and Tim.

We began our tour last Monday with an ascent of the Dome de Pramecou (3081m) before overnighting in Val d’Isere.

On Tuesday, we crossed the Col de l’Ouille Noire (3229m) and descended in poor visibility and snow to the Refuge du Carro. The weather cleared in the afternoon allowing us after an enjoyable ascent a great ski from the Col des Patriotes (3034m).

The weather was settled on Wednesday and we had a great days skiing on L’Uja (3379m).

On Thursday, we traversed the Col du Montet (3185m) before climbing to the summit of the Grande Aiguille Rousse (3482m). This gave us a brilliant descent of 1200 metres to the Refuge Prariond where we overnighted,

Friday was our last day. We made the most of it by completing the Col de la Galise (2987m) and the Grand Concor (3034m) before returning to Val d’Isere.

Excluding the poor weather of Tuesday morning the weather was perfect all week. Every day we skied fresh tracks, sometimes in powder snow and sometimes in spring snow. We saw very few other parties.

Lots more photos on the facebook page.

Dome de Pramecou (3081m), Tignes

Rosie and Gayle on the ascent of the Dome de Pramecou with the Grande Casse in the background.

Rosie and Gayle on the ascent of the Dome de Pramecou with the Grande Casse in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am currently in Val d’Isere with Gayle and Rosie. Today, we climbed and skied the Dome de Pramecou (3081 metres) above Tignes. The conditions were excellent with knee deep powder on the descent. As well as completing the summit, we skied the following classic off piste runs; Tour de Pramecou and La Vallee Perdue. Again, conditions were excellent on these.

Skiing La Vallee Perdue in Val d'Isere.

Skiing La Vallee Perdue in Val d’Isere.