/ Ecrins ice
Supposed to be really good, but my experience with Ice in these areas, Alp de Huez, La Grave, etc is its hit or miss. With the west side, Briancon, Fressinere? and the niebouring valleys it all depends on the snow fall as its avalanche prone, your best bet is to contact Jerry Gore at alpbase.com before you leave and ask whats in, id go there for a week if your interseted in teaming up.
The valley heading up to La Berade seemed to have loads to go at as well.
I have been going there for well over a decade and have climbed in all the major Ecrin areas as well as some of the minor ones. I have also ice climbed in places such as the Ubaye, Orcieres, Crevoux, Les Orres, Champsaur etc and in my experience conditions are very variable and sometimes there just isn't loads to go for unless you're prepared to travel around a lot - as well as know where to look. For instance, last season was particularly poor in comparison with previous years in La Grave, Fressiniers and Fournel. Alpe d'Huez, on the other hand, had good ice.
Usually conditions are good, but 100% reliable? No.
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