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Hiking up for sunrise and first powder - sauze d'oulx

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hi!

I'm heading off to Sauze D'oulx at the weekend for a week's boarding and I've decided to do something a little left-field. I want to hike up the mountain for sunrise, chill out while the sun comes up and then board back down and make my own lines.

I've never done this before. I've also been told is a really dumb idea and there's a good chance of death. anyway, I'd quite like a second opinion.

Anyone got any advice or tips? Obviously i'm going to need some super warm gear as its going to be cold as f**k at night. I guess a head torch? Should I be doing this in my snowboard boots or using alternative footwear?

Apart from freezing, what are the obvious risks? Attacked by killer snow squirrels? Do I need to prepare to defend myself from a pack of wolves by sellotaping broken light bulbs to my fists? am i an idiot and should I be spending my time drinking instead? I'm not exactly a mountaineer, but it's something that I'd really like to do.

Any help would be gratefully received,

beef
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@roastbeeef, Risks - getting lost ? Getting dehydrated or hypothermia ? Getting knackered climbing from Sauze at 1500m to, for example, Col Basset at 2424 ?

Have you any idea how many hours it would take you to walk up through snow nigh on 1000 m (over 3,000 feet ?) ?

If you are set on the idea, Wednesday looks the best day on present forecast. Officially, first light will be at 05.53, dawn at 06.27 and sunrise at 06.56.

A sensible idea might be to book yourself into the hotel at Sportinia, which would let you start off probably ¾ of the way up the hill.

Otherwise, ask for advice from, for example, the ski school, when you are out there.
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Advice? Don't do it on your own, especially if it's your first time. Maybe see if there are any tours that you could book on.

Obviously people do tour in the dark, but they'll likely be on skis or split boarding. Walking in powder for any distance will be ridiculously hard work.

If I were you I'd hit the bar the night before and then go to bed, wake up and ski first lift Very Happy
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Getting dehydrated or hypothermia


Nothing like being melodramatic Shocked


If you think you can manage the climb go for it. Going up the piste will be fairly straight forward but obviously longer and I'm assuming you will have been there a couple of days and got your bearings. The pistes will be hard packed so won't be to bad and will be easy to follow. Take a head torch and your phone and a battery bank and a camera. Snowboard boots will be fine . Id say ignore the drama queens and go for it and have fun. Also get a rucksack you can strap your board too.

The hotel ain't a bad idea either tho Smile


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Someone's been watching "Chalet Girl".
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@chivdog, Very Happy my first thought too.
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There isn't really that much to it - the hardest part is working out the timing so you're not hanging around on the top for too long (if you're planning to camp out or ski down by head touch/full moon this is irrelevant).

Take a drink and some spare layers just in case, hike up a blue piste, worst comes to worst just strap your board on and you can ride back down in a few minutes.

Do watch out for piste bashers though, particularly any using a cable winch (unlikely on a blue).
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Just a quick rough idea of time it takes to Climb for your reference
Simple terrain, a jong will cover roughly 250 vertical an hour skinning a lot longer boot packing. Not sure how high you're thinking of going. Don't even consider taking 1 step off the piste with out beeper shovel and probe, its illegal to do so in the Piedmont area. I'm also guessing you don't have the experience of the skills to be exposing yourself like that
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I've no experience in this what so ever so can only add the "bleedin' obvious" that is; make sure to tell someone responsible where you're going, your anticipated route and what time to expect you back.

Stay safe, have fun.
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thanks for all of the advice, especially @geeo

I'm only going to walk up the piste, and yea the idea was that if it gets too hard I'll just strap up and board down.

@deerman yea I've assumed it's going to take a couple of hours. thanks for the info re: sunrise. I was thinking about doing it Wednesday anyway actually. but that works perfectly, I can set out at 4am and see how far I get in 2 hours.

@chivdog never seen chalet girl. sounds like the worst movie ever.

@clarky999 thanks for the advice. I'm going to try and find out when the piste bashers come in so I can avoid them as much as possible

I'll make a post when I get back so you all know whether this was dumb or not. if I don't post by the 14th of march I didn't make it back and therefore you have a statement for anyone else asking this question! hah (probably shouldn't joke about that)

thanks again for all the advice.
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Be aware that it'll be light well before sunrise and that the local sunrise will depend on where you are in relation to the local relief. Some parts of a mountainscape will be in shade for hours and hours after others are bathed in glory.
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I'm gonna leave my gopro out on timelapse on the first night to try and find out what time the sun hits the piste I'm planning on walking up. from there I can work out what time to start my ascent. our hotel is right at the base of it.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Check with the piste office they are not doing avalanche control work in the morning (the normal time to do it).
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