Monday, December 24, 2012

Mont Joly (Beaufortain)

Saturday I had my first outing with the Chamonix chapter of the Club Alpin Français (CAF).  The weather window was limited to the morning after which a storm was coming in the PM.  We went to Mt Joly which was not the first choice but a compromise to the avalanche conditions. Mt Joly is just south of the Mt Blanc Massif. Although not too remarkable an objective t is one of those features you see prominently from the high way driving towards Chamonix and I like to ski those if nothing else to kill that curiosity that comes with checking out all skiable lines from the road… Although the conditions wern't ideal and the snow a bit sun affected, the skiing ended up being surprisingly good.

Here are the pictures (click to enlarge):

On the way up; view of the Mt Blanc massif ridge line. The pyramidal peak seen in the middle of the
picture is  the Aiguille de Bionnassay 4052m (13,292 feet). The pass to the left of it is the
Col de Miage and further to the left the two Dones de Miage.

Close up of the Aiguille de Bionnassay.

The objective of the day: Mont Joly

What it looks like from the road on a blue bird day...

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