Pra de Cray by ski touring

Description

From Château-d'Œx via the Pointe de Cray! Well visible from the road to Les Mosses, Pra de Cray remains the forgotten summit. It's your turn to rediscover it!

To get there, take the road from the hamlet of La Frasse, then the one that goes up along the Mérils stream, until it forks 1km from the centre. Then take the road that climbs to the left and becomes horizontal. Then follow a path that climbs obliquely through the meadows and then into the forest. Go up above the "Les Fenillets" ridge along the forest, then to the right, and finally directly to the Cray plateau. Straight on to the Pointe de Cray to finish this climb! When crossing, follow the ridges towards Pra de Cray, by the thread, taking care of the sometimes important ledges dominating the S side. When you descend, do so directly onto the Mérils valley, which you leave on the left bank at the bottom to avoid the bottleneck. Then join a group of three prominent chalets on the left, cross again into the forest and then descend through a clearing and sparse forest to a second road leading to the left to an isolated chalet. Follow this road to the meadows above Château-d'Œx to return to the starting point.

RECOMMENDATIONS - duration : 5h30 to 6h - difference in altitude: 1'300m - accessible between January and March (subject to weather conditions) - difficulty: PD+. The route of the ridge between Pointe de Cray and Pra de Cray requires attention as it is narrow and gnarled. Descent from Pra de Cray in S4 at first, then S3. - slope: 37° for 100m, average of 31° for the first 400m - check the avalanche zones before going up the mountain. ACCESS - access by train thanks to the MOB line (stop "Château-d'ŒX").

From Château-d'Œx via the Pointe de Cray! Well visible from the road to Les Mosses, Pra de Cray remains the forgotten summit. It's your turn to rediscover it!

To get there, take the road from the hamlet of La Frasse, then the one that goes up along the Mérils stream, until it forks 1km from the centre. Then take the road that climbs to the left and becomes horizontal. Then follow a path that climbs obliquely through the meadows and then into the forest. Go up above the "Les Fenillets" ridge along the forest, then to the right, and finally directly to the Cray plateau. Straight on to the Pointe de Cray to finish this climb! When crossing, follow the ridges towards Pra de Cray, by the thread, taking care of the sometimes important ledges dominating the S side. When you descend, do so directly onto the Mérils valley, which you leave on the left bank at the bottom to avoid the bottleneck. Then join a group of three prominent chalets on the left, cross again into the forest and then descend through a clearing and sparse forest to a second road leading to the left to an isolated chalet. Follow this road to the meadows above Château-d'Œx to return to the starting point.

RECOMMENDATIONS - duration : 5h30 to 6h - difference in altitude: 1'300m - accessible between January and March (subject to weather conditions) - difficulty: PD+. The route of the ridge between Pointe de Cray and Pra de Cray requires attention as it is narrow and gnarled. Descent from Pra de Cray in S4 at first, then S3. - slope: 37° for 100m, average of 31° for the first 400m - check the avalanche zones before going up the mountain. ACCESS - access by train thanks to the MOB line (stop "Château-d'ŒX").

Duration

People usually spend 5.5 hours here.
Location
Getting There
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