After the snow fall of last week, I was excited to start a new ski touring season. The snow starts at 2200m so I decided to go at Madone de Fenestre and climb the G√©las (3143 m). The conditions were not so good when I started ; very strong wind and frozen snow. I skied up to Collet St Robert (2832 m) and climbed the Southwest ridge of G√©las (300m, PD / II) which was covered with 30cm of fresh snow. Very clear sky on the top with a view from the Mediterranean Sea (looking South) up to the Monte Rosa, Matterhorn (Cervin) and Mont Blanc (looking North). I went back down the same way and skied down on a melting snow.
Southwest ridge of Gelas (¬© P. Gatta)
Distance: 10 km, ascent: 1300m / descent: 1300m.
Argentera, Viso, Cervin (¬© P. Gatta)
Description: park Madone de Fenestre (1903 m, signpost 357) or lower if the road is closed. Follow the normal route of G√©las (368) passing 3 lakes: Lac de Fenestre, lac Mort and le Lac Blanc (2665m), turn right and climb toward the Collet St Robert (2832m) where the Southwest ridge of G√©las starts. Climb the ridge, often on the Italian side. The end is steeper with some slabs and rocks.
Top of Gelas, Long Lake behind (¬© P. Gatta)
Top of Southwest ridge of Gelas (¬© P. Gatta)
Gelas, under Collet St Robert (¬© P. Gatta)
Southwest ridge of Gelas on the left (¬© P. Gatta)