Spring 2019

Ski-tour traverse of the Breche du Berard – 28th March 2019

Skiing down from the first col, the Col du Crochue

Skinning the next slope, with plenty of kick-turns included…

… and one short section of exposure as the ridge narrows.

Looking back at the Aiguille Floria

The ridge continues up towards the breach itself, with a spectacular view of Mont Blanc in the background

Skiing from a high position at the top of the Berard valley

 

Cold day on Mont Buet – 26th March 2019

 

Traverse of the Col du Passon – 24th March 2019

Starting up the Argentiere Glacier looking up at the Aiguille du Chardonnet and the start of our ski-tour adventure to the left of this peak.

After skinning for way, the couloir narrows and needs to be climbed…

… not too steep but good fun to use the axe and crampons

A bit cold at the top, at the Col du Passon

Skiing the Tour Glacier all the way back to the village of le Tour

 

Pointe Alphonse Favre and the Glacier du Mort – 22nd March 2019

Booting up the big couloir start to the Pointe Alphonse Favre, with the Col du Crochue just visible top left, where we had skied across from.

Climbing up the final snow pitch to the summit…

Great to arrive at the rather small summit

A comfortable wind-scoop just below the summit was good for getting the kit sorted and for a lunch with a view….

…. before setting off to ski the top section of the Glacier du Mort

The snow slope winds its way at a good gradient through the steep rocky terrain all around….

… before arriving at the upper slopes of the Berard Valley

 

Ski-tour over the Col de Fenestral – 20th March 2019

Above the village of Finhaut are a number of ski-tours that involve a good hike for 3-4+ hours but they take you high up in the mountains and can have some good snow on their shaded north-facing slopes.

The journey up to the Col de Fenestral is mostly in full sun, so it can be quite hot work by the time you reach the col.

The snow down the other side was worth it!

Lots of potential for fresh tracks…

Looking beyond the Val d’Emanay to the Grand Combin

…. and an adventurous exit finish the day back into the ski area.