/ Cogne best time for ice routes?
Cheers! That should silence my sceptical climbing partner...
Any route recommendations?
Excellent link - many thanks!
In the last few years mid February has been the safest choice (normally dry weather, reasonably cold and good ice). However. there's no guarantee for that of course! Also, remember that weekends in February may be very busy because of local traffic.
Last year it went downhill around mid to late feb though didn't it? I remember I was waiting for conditions to get worthwhile in Scotland with Cogne as my back up plan and Scotland got too warm around that time, unfortunately from the forecasts I was reading Cogne did at the same time also :(
This year I'm prioritising Cogne / La Garve as I think its a far better bet!
You're pretty safe in early feb - I think the 3 times I've been have all been within Feb.
Twice we had great conditions. The other time there were enough routes in condition at our grade for the week. But some of the things we wanted to try weren't in.
I've stayed in both the residences Nigritelles - very spacious apartments with cooking facillities and good buffet breakfasts and the more expensive hotel la Balme which was half board with amazing portions for dinner. I'd stay at either again.
Hotel La Barme is great if you want a hotel/feeding. The owners also have apartments in Cogne (main village, La Barme is in Valnontey) which are like hotel rooms but with kitchens - http://www.residencechateauroyal.com - lovely people and a decent, updated log book
Thanks for the very encouraging update on conditions as we'll be there in less than 3 weeks time. We're also breaking the s/c habit of a lifetime by going for the full La Barme experience so thanks too for your comments re. the Herren family.
We go to La Balme on Jan 14th, maybe see you there! Can't wait
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