Round the Mont Roup

Walking across towards the Sana
Walking past the Sana towards Mont Roup

Just further on from the Val d’Isere classic Tour du Charvet, the Tour du Mont Roup has been on my list of short treks since the beginning of the season – for several seasons, in fact. I got close a few times but weather conditions and other circumstances kept getting in the way, until yesterday, when guide Chris said the words: “Right, today we’re going to the Mont Roup”.

It’s not especially challenging: up on the Borsat side, then traverse towards the Pointe de la Sana, walk a bit, slight left, ski down, put skins on and hike up for about half an hour – but it has that tingling sense of adventure. The sun was shining throughout that day, as it has these past few days, triggering several sizeable slides on a number of faces. We clambered through some, skied around others. Having started on the first lift up, we got back in resort just before 11 — still time, then, to hop over to Le Fornet and have a run down the Vallonnets, last visited about this time last year.

Skinning up towards Mont Roup
Skinning up towards Mont Roup
Skinning up towards Mont Roup
Skinning up towards Mont Roup
Reaching the top of Mont Roup; skins off
Reaching the top of Mont Roup; skins off
The other side of Mont Roup
The other side of Mont Roup
Setting off down Mont Roup
Setting off down Mont Roup
View over back of Cugnai from Mont ROup
View over back of Cugnai from Mont Roup
One of several slides to have come down in recent days
One of several slides to have come down in recent days
Squeezing through the canyon of the ruisseau du Pisset
Squeezing through the canyon of the ruisseau du Pisset
Then, over to Le Fornet and down the Vallonets
Then, over to Le Fornet and down the Vallonnets

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