Day tour up the Ouille d'Arbéron

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

A great return trip up a very shapely peak

Also in Savoie, France

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
10 km
Ascent
1.5 km
Descent
1.5 km
Duration
6-7 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
37˚
Day tour up the Ouille d'Arbéron Map

Had this peak been in a more popular part of the Alps it would be a lot busier than it is, enjoying as it does stunning views from the summit of Italy to the S and E, and France to the N and W. It is a big day out, with about 1400m of ascent from the hut, once you have dropped down slightly to begin with, and quite a bit of horizontal distance to be covered as well.

Description

Fortunately for speed of travel, in recent years it has become a non-glaciated route, so you can travel relatively light. Crampons might be needed on the top ridge, which faces SW, but only if it has been windy or not snowed for a while and hence a bit icy. Ask the hut guardian for an up to date condition report. Even if the top ridge is unsuitable for skinning you can usually walk up with only ski poles for security, as there is likely to be a track in.

From the hut follow the footpath (which is usually snow free by spring) in the reverse of your descent yesterday. Today you are heading SSW, rather than WSW, up the Ruisseau d’Oney, which is an easier and less steep route. Your ascent is shaded from afternoon sun by the Crête de Valletaz, so the snow is usually good in the valley.

This leads you all the way up to the Col d'Arbéron, from where the obvious ridge leads to the top. You return the same way, but in very good conditions, for strong skiers, you can ski down the NW Face.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

March, April

Features

  • Alpine
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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