Great ski touring day with lot of fresh snow, clear sky but -14 degrees in the morning. I went to St Dalmas le Selvage (1496 m) in the Tinee valley to ski La Croix de Carlé (2529 m), the Crest of La Tour (2596 m) and the Vallon of La Tour. Great conditions but some unstable snow close to the crest. The cascades of Gialorgues (ice climbing) seem to be in good condition.
Distance: 10 km, ascent: 1100m / descent: 1100m.
Lake de La Fous, Nice hut and Clapier(© P. Gatta)
Description: park at St Dalmas le Selvage (1496 m) and go toward Crete de Pra Gaze (signposts 50, 51, 63). Continue close to the crest, in the forest and then straight to the top of La Croix de Carle, continue to the point 2594 m. Amazing views over the Mercantour, Sestriere, La Cime de la Bonette. Descend North slope to the Vallon de la Tour down to the trail going back to St Dalmas (56, 55, 54, 51, 50).
Croix de Carle (2529 m) early in the morning (© P. Gatta)
La Cime de la Bonette (© P. Gatta)