Frank and I climbed the Ruinette in perfect conditions. A full moon the evening before lit the Chanrion lakes as if it were broad daylight. The forecasted temperature at 4000 meters was just under 0 degrees, so it was not cold. In fact, the occasional moderate breeze from the East made the temperature perfect for this fine alpine ascent.
Located in the upper Val du Bagnes, La Ruinette is the broad peak visible from the road to Verbier from Le Chable. It’s a deliciously, varied climb of 1300 meters from Chanrion, starting with a nice hike to the Col de Lire Rose. With some delightful scrambling and a few fine moves on nice gneiss, one arrives on the upper snow field. Another couple hundred meters of elevation gets you onto the final summit ridge to the top.
La Ruinette is the perfect peak for someone looking for a fine day out with stunning views and no major obstacles. And so close to home!