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.