/ La Grave, Ceillac - conditions in mid March?

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Peter Milner - on 07 Mar 2003
Does anyone know what sort of conditions to expect in mid to late March (or even April) at the roadside ice venues around the Ecrins, such as Ceillac, La Grave, Fournel and Fressinierres - or is too late in the season for these places now?
Anonymous on 07 Mar 2003 - gtw-121.nhs.uk
In reply to Peter Milner:

Was in La Grave last week - routes had obviously seen a lot of traffic over the season. It was starting to warm up too and there was a notable change in amount of snow around from beginning to end of week.
Simon on 07 Mar 2003 - dsl-80-46-240-44.access.as9105.com
In reply to Peter Milner:

Peter,

Just back from La Grave and the Ecrins, so can speak with some authority ....

La Grave itself, the South side (North Facing) only routes were still in good nick, Pylon, Digit d'Astorothe, Orgasme, Coupe de Poufiace and others. Don't even think about the South Facing routes (i.e. North side of valley). Similarly we went to have a look at the Vallon du Diable. North facing routes all looked in excellent nick, and likely to last for a long time. At the moment you would need skis/rackets to get to route base in Vallon du Diable, though there is a beaten path to right beneath them which could be walked in boots. But the ascent up the mountainside is steep and substantial, so don't even think about it without at least rackets in its current deep snow.

Season - it is still getting quite cold at nights in La Grave, and was instantly cold in the Vallon du Diable out of the sun quite late on in the day. However, when we left it had suddenly turned warm, though it will take quite a lot to melt the big icefalls in La Grave. Icefalls by Bourg d'Ossians still looked stunning from the road, though they are quite low. As you get later in the season, you will obviously need to go higher, but I think that the Vallon du Diable has quite a long life yet this year (N Facing side)
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Peter Milner - on 07 Mar 2003
In reply to Simon:
Simon,
Many thanks for the info

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