Ski Touring, Off Piste Skiing and Scottish Winter Climbing

I have had an interesting couple of weeks with off piste skiing and ski touring in; Val d’Isere, Tignes, La Rosiere and Sainte Foy followed today by winter climbing on Cha-No. All good fun.

Tete de l’Ane (2718m)

Further to my last post. The mountain Iain, Steve and I climbed on Friday (and previously thought was Pointe 2670m) is called Tete de l’Ane on the local walking maps and is 2718m in height.

For those interested in doing it, the peak involves terrain up to 45 degrees and 1 hour 15 minutes skinning from the top of the lift system.

I have added more photos to the facebook page.

Iain skiing from the summit.

Iain skiing from the summit.

Ski Touring from La Rosiere

Today, Iain, Steve and I had a good afternoons touring from the La Rosiere lift system. We climbed Pointe 2670m from the Fort Telepherique and were rewarded by a blank canvas for our ski descent.

Iain on the summit with Mont Blanc behind.

Iain on the summit with Mont Blanc behind.

More Powder, Trees and Fresh Tracks

We have had another great days off piste skiing in La Rosiere today. We spent time in the trees and higher on more open terrain when the visibility allowed.

At around 2400 metres upward, massif wind transportation of snow is creating windslab on the Italian side of the ski area.

Rosie skiing brilliant untracked powder below the village of Les Eucherts,

Rosie skiing brilliant untracked powder below the village of Les Eucherts,

Powder

Iain, powder and trees.

Iain, powder and trees.

Last night, Iain, Steve and I went out skinning after the lifts had closed in La Rosiere. The purpose of this was two-fold. Firstly, to get some training in and secondly to get away from the lift system and check out some off piste options before the arrival of the new snow. This paid dividends as we had a great day today skiing powder and different lines in the trees below Les Eucherts (La Rosiere).

The snow is still falling and more is forecast tomorrow so our old tracks will be filled in allowing us to do it all again!

 

Spring Snow

On Sunday the snow turned to rain at all levels in La Rosiere before the weather cleared to give a beautiful day on the pistes in La Rosiere yesterday.

Last night the clear skies led to a good freeze. Today, the sun came out and it was warm giving good off piste conditions on the Southerly aspects on spring snow. More new snow is forecast for tomorrow so the off piste conditions may change from spring to powder.

Nice cloud formations.

Nice cloud formations.

La Rosiere

I am currently out in La Rosiere skiing and ski touring. We arrived on Saturday in heavy snowfall which continued all day yesterday. The weather has just cleared this morning. Now looking forward to getting out on the skis this afternoon.

The photo shows Mont Pourri, an excellent ski mountaineering objective.

Mont Pourri after the weather has cleared.

Mont Pourri after the weather has cleared.