Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ski Reviews: Dynastar Cham 87 & Salomon BBR 7.5

Lorne: Enjoying some pistes on the Cham 87 after figuring out how to weight it

Location: Brevent/Flegere
Snow: Nice firm-ish pistes, some soft pockets in shaded off-piste areas
Weather: Bluebird

Another hungover bluebird day with no new snow, so time to try a couple more skis from Local CHX in the shape of Dynastar’s Cham 87 and Salomon’s BBR 7.5.  These are intermediate “all mountain” skis which I would never consider buying but was interested… [continue reading]

Go Big Then Go Home

Fleur: Big (session-ending) 360 attempt

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Nice firm pistes
Weather: Mostly sunny

Day 50 of the winter!  And back to the park again today, after yesterday’s failed tour.  I got to there for 11am to find the kickers in the best condition I’ve seen them and virtually no-one else around so I got straight into things, getting my first switch 7s of… [continue reading]

Should Have Stayed At Home

Token Vallee Blanche photo

Location: Aiguille Du Midi
Snow: Very wind-scoured and tracked
Weather: Blue skies, but cold & windy

It’s not often I wish I’d stayed at home and worked instead of skiing but today was one of those days.  The plan for a group of 3 to ski Breche Puiseux at 9.30am had turned into a group of 6 at 10.30am and… [continue reading]

Airbagging

Fleur: Backflipping the Brevent airbag

Location: Brevent
Snow: Very firm in places, soft in others
Weather: Mostly sunny

Another lazy day today, being a bit hungover from a big night last night for Colin’s homecoming (including dinner at Munchie, definitely the best food I’ve had in Chamonix – check it out).  So I met up with Fleur and Josh at lunchtime to check out Brevent’s… [continue reading]

More Park

Fleur: Getting to grips with the smaller kickers

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Very firm on piste
Weather: Hazy cloud, getting thicker, cold

Still no new snow, so it was back to the park today.  Fleur was keen for some of my words of wisdom (ie. “go fast and pop”) so I met up with her at the GM base at 11am, minus her ski poles which she had… [continue reading]

Trient Couloirs

Lorne: Beginning the descent to Trient in nice sugary snow

Location: Tête De Balme to Trient
Snow: Mostly soft & sugary
Weather: Mostly cloudy, cold

There were a few plans for touring being discussed last night but still feeling a bit lazy Graham and I went for a ski to Trient this morning instead, figuring that the snow would still be decent there and being an area I’d still never… [continue reading]

Lazy Day In The Park

Local Frenchie: Front flip

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Pistes firm, off-piste very tracked but skiable
Weather: Sun and cloud

With no new snow for a few days, feeling tired from yesterday’s big tour and still not 100% healthy I went for a few hours of park riding at GM today.  I got up to the park at a lazy 12pm and the sun was… [continue reading]

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Graham: Looking back at our first descent

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Boot-top powder in the shade, heavier but skiable in the sun
Weather: Bluebird, no wind, hot!

The biggest ski tour of the winter so far today and the hottest day so far too!  Shaded north-facing slopes definitely have the best snow at the moment so the Aiguilles Rouges seemed like the best bet for a tour… [continue reading]

Poubelle Couloir, Pretty Rubbish!

Fulton: Battling down Poubelle Couloir in heavy crust

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Mostly heavy crust
Weather: Bluebird

Attempt number two to ski Grand Montet’s Poubelle Couloir in good conditions, which proved unsuccessful once again!  See the first attempt here.

I was feeling a bit better again this morning (pretty much just a niggling cough now) so hooked up with Jan, Rach and Ally Fulton at GM’s midstation at… [continue reading]

Cosmiques Couloir

Lorne: Beginning the exit of Cosmiques Couloir overlooking Les Bossons & Les Houches

Location: Aiguile Du Midi
Snow: One-day-old light powder (30-40cm fresh)
Weather: Bluebird, no wind

After 5 days off skiing with some sort of flu (I think), I’m feeling a bit better.  Still not close to 100% but with yesterday’s unexpected snowfall, weather forecast for blue skies and talk of skiing Cosmiques, I couldn’t resist getting up there today.  So I… [continue reading]

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