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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

Gaining Height On the North East Ridge

With the Swiss Valais on the South side of the Rhone 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

Great Snow for a Powder Descent of the North East Ridge


Superb Fall Line North Facing Powder Skiing On the North Flank of Pt Ronde

From below La Giete the steep & heavily wooded descent can be taken direct to La Caffe or the traverse back to the Col de la Forclaz can be made. Definite pros & cons of both according to prevailing snow conditions.