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TR: 2018 Vanoise tour

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Brilliant day today in Pralognan. For a warm up we decided to skin up to the Felix Faure for lunch. Rando pass from Pralognan got us to the top of Genepi for 10. Then set off over the bridge and up the hill over obviously new snow. At about 2300m we had to add couteaux as the well worn track was starting to melt. Higher up was lovely chalky stuff. Big omelette in the refuge then a leisurely ski back down on spring snow. Transceiver practice on the side of the piste was not encouraging. Will have another go tomorrow.

Will keep looking at the forecast as we plan to leave for Peclet Polsett on Sunday.
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Set off from Pralognan up Chaviere in warm 10c breeze towards Peclet Polset. (via SMS)
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Now back in Pralognan with tour abandoned. We had planned to go:

Day 1: Ref Peclet Polset
Day 2: Col Chaviere, Ref Orgere
Day 3: Col de la Masse, (opt. Rateau d’Aussois), Ref Fond d’Aussois
Day 4: Col de Labby, Ref Fond d’Aussois
Day 5: Col d’Aussois, (opt. Pte de l’Observatoire), Ref Roc de la Peche
Day 6: Roc du Blanchon, Pralognan

...but it was not to be.

Everybody was jittery as we set off up the Chaviere Valley. The car showed 10c and there were remains of huge wet slides on both sides. We started up a road that had been piste-bashed. Occasional slides across the road had been tidied up but debris was almost everywhere. Some of it was more earth and bubble than snow. The road ran out at the Ref Roc de la Peche where we stopped for a hot chocolate. The guardienne warned of the avalanches ahead and told us to keep apart.

As we got near Ritort we could see huge slides all over the SE-facing slope ahead. As we regrouped we saw another come down right across our route. Quick change of plan and we crossed over the river under the more secure looking NW-facing side to see what was possible from the next bend.

More later. Off shopping now...
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@altis, such a shame plans have been scuppered.
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@Layne, thanks. We’re all a bit fished off now.

We carried on, safe zone to safe zone, as we inched our way up the valley. Finally we could see a route that looked like it could work. Trouble was now that the wind had picked up. As each gust arrived we just had to brace with our heads down, hanging on to our hoods. Several were blown over and we all suffered stung faces from the flying ice crystals.

There was a cheer all round when I announced the next waypoint was “pecletpo”. Once inside we found the wind whistling through the windows. Before dinner the meteo came through on a roll about 10cm wide and 1m long (like Navtex). It made for bad reading: warm temps continuing, snow and rain, winds over 100kph - for several days. What to do? Both options down to l’Orgere looked suicidal so we quickly ruled that out. Perhaps we could make it directly to Fond d’Aussois via the Breche. But then we might be stuck there for a few days. Finally we decided to just run away so Monday we just skied back the way we’d come - with a few new debris fields en route.

This morning the wind was rattling the shutters and we set off shopping in the rain. Later it turned to heavy snow but this afternoon has been clear and blue. The wind was still whipping snow off the summits. Very poor meteo for tomorrow so we’ll just have to see if we get any skiing in before we go home.

Obviously we’re all dischuffed to be just sitting here but there wasn’t much option.
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@altis, it's been a stormy season, right to the end.

It's a story to be told over beers in the future. Do you remember the year....
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@altis

Got any photos? Walked that route many times in summer - in fact was up that way last year. Would love to see what it's looking like right now. Is the Peclet Polset winter entrance under or up the stairs?
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altis, sorry you had to cancel your trip,
I'm not an off-piste expert by any means, but my reading of posts from Henry Avalanche (Val d'Isere) and Davidof (Pistehors) is that it is very dangerous out there as the thaw sets in.
Glad you're all in one piece.
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Feel you pain - we had to abandon our plans 29th to 31st March. We did a couple of half day tours but even then found ourselves backing off terrain and altering plans. Some scary conditions. Feels like touring season wont be able to start until a lot of slopes have purged
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Thanks for the commiserations. Photos to follow after I get home.

Spent today on (and very close to) the pistes in Pralognan. Plenty of wind, which shut the top chair, and more snow. All pistes around the edge were closed for avalanche risk so we were pretty limited. Still had a decent day.

Plan to go to Courchevel tomorrow with transceiver, shovel and probe in case we get enticed off piste
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