Pointe Ronde (2700m) Col de la Forclaz
Pointe Ronde, a fine day tour from the Chamonix Valley
This photo shows the NNW ridge which is a quite long mountaineering trip. The normal ski line takes the NE ridge or left hand skyline.
Mat at the Croix des Prelayes (2417m) en route along the NNW Ridge to Pt. Ronde
Ski Mountaineering in / near the Chamonix Valley
Ski Descent of the North Face of Pt. Ronde
Mat Hellikeker enjoying some rare fresh snow in the dry winter of 2011
The La Caffe Meadow Provide an Alternative Start from the Col de la Forclaz
This adds another 300m or so of skinning to the ascent but gives a more direct line for the descent. The Col is up on the left and there is a layby just after the first big left hair pin (La Caffe).
After the Physical & Sustained Lower Section The Lovely Open Meadows are Reached
With the Chalet La Giete at 1884m and the ascent to the main col above at just over 2200m
The Steady Ascent of the North East Ridge of Pt Ronde
With the Swiss Rhone Valley & Bernese Oberland beyond
Last Few Steps to the Summit Cross (2700m)
With the Giant Grand Combin on the Swiss Italian border beyond.
1 Skinning Track, 3 Awesome Powder Tracks....
....And big daft grins to match. Great snow in mid February 2014