/ Summer Skiing on mountains
Skiing is recognised as a very good way to get to climbs in winter in the French Alps (Mont Blanc etc).
Having never touring skied, only touristy skiing, why is it less encouraged in the summer?
Or am I misreading things?
But in general in Summer you are much more likely to have the surface turned overnight to hard ice in the morning, then to complete slush (or "Soup" as the French call it), in the afternoon, neither is particularly good for skis, while ice is just fine for crampons. So there is no need for the considerably increased complexity of skiing in Summer, while in Winter they (or, as much discussed, snowshoes), are indispensible.
Absolutely right. There's no point in using skis to approach climbs. The point of skiing in late June & early July is the descents which can be perfect spring snow on the higher peaks. Last June I climbed to within 50m of the summit of the Gran Paradiso on ski then finished off on foot. It was just as fast as walking up but the descent was brilliant and I was back at the hut hours before those on foot. OK I'd had to carry skis and boots up to the hut but that was no big deal.
> Absolutely right. There's no point in using skis to approach climbs.
Well that's not really right Dave, especially in the area from the Midi to Helbronner. Skis are just SO much faster. I got to the foot of the SE face of Pointe Lachenal in about five minutes from the bottom of the Midi arÍte. Well OK, I wasn't looking at my watch... but the teams that set off on foot arrived as we were finishing our second pitch. Skinning back out is probably quicker than walking too.
I was just replying to Dave's writing off skis for approaches and why I specified 'in the area from the Midi to Helbronner'.
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