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Ski touring route

La Blanche

ski grade

3.1 E1 PD-

December - April

690M

Ascent

690M

Decent

30°

Gradient

2953M

High Point

2210M

Low Point

East

Slope Aspect

3KM

Distance Up

3.6KM

Distance Down

East

Slope Aspect

3436 ET

Map IGN Number

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How to use the ski touring guides

Description:

Using the lift at Pelvoux helps you to gain height quickly.

 

Park at the Pelvoux ski station and buy a rando pass,giving you a one-way ticket to the top of the resort (2 chairlifts).  At the top of the first lift take the chairlift on the right.

 

At the top of the second lift, with skins on, head away from it up a gentle slope (west) that kicks up just before the Croix du Chastellet. From the cross follow the ridge.  After a couple of hundred meters drop off the ridge to the left into a bowl. (It is possible to continue over the ridge.)  From the bowl traverse up and to the right(north-west) and rejoin the end of the ridge.  There is a sign here in summer, but this maybe buried under the snow. Go straight over in line with the ridge (west).  The route heads up for some distance and then bears right (north) to take you onto the main face of La Blanche. Once on the main face if you look up you should see a steep band of snow between the rocks which leads to a col.  Ascend this and from the col head rightwards (north-west) up to the summit.

 

Descent:

From the summit, head back down to the col, down the snow band and back onto the main face.  Ski leftwards on some easy angled slopes, then turn and head down the steeper slopes.  There are many options for descent on the face.  Just be aware that there are some cliffs and gullies on the way down and keep your eyes open. As you near the bottom you should see the lake/reservoir which serves the Pelvoux ski resort.  Head towards it, and follow  the track that runs alongside it and takes you back into the resort.  At the end of the track, you join the piste next to the Resto Bar, the perfect place to stop fora drink before skiing down the piste to the parking.

3436 ET

Map IGN Number

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