Monthly Archives: January 2014

DPS Lotus 120 Spoon Mini-Review

DPS Lotus 120 Spoons (special edition topsheet)

Location: Flegere
Snow: 15-20cm powdery snow in untouched shaded areas, choppy and heavy in tracked sunny areas
Weather: Cloudy clearing to bluebird, warm

Touring plans abandoned today so just an easy few hours with the boys cruising around Flegere as we’ve barely skied there this winter.  The clouds cleared as we got up the hill, temperatures were warm and the… [continue reading]

Couloirs & Faces

View from Brevent midstation (Blue = ENSA; Red = our route; Green = other possible exits)

Location: Brevent
Snow: 35-40cm powder
Weather: Bluebird

We had originally planned to ski Pas Du Chevre off the top of Grands Montets today but changed plans to Brevent last night to hopefully avoid the crowds and ski ENSA couloir off the top bin after a few friends reported good conditions this week, plus whatever else we could find.

So it… [continue reading]

Cornu Laps

Angus: Popping off a lip far skier's-right off Cornu

Location: Brevent
Snow: 30-35cm powder on a soft base
Weather: Mostly cloudy, some sunny breaks

My neck is still hurting a bit from my crash a few days ago but that wasn’t going to stop me getting out today in the new snow.  I had planned a late start for just a few hours and that worked out perfectly in… [continue reading]

Drops, Drops, Drops

Lorne: Hitting the big drop faster and straighter after a few laps

Location: Brevent
Snow: 30-40cm powder; still soft where tracked, excellent where untouched
Weather: Bluebird

The Chamonix leg of the Freeride World Tour took place today on Flegere, but I prefer going skiing to watching skiing so took advantage of the sunnier-than-forecast weather and headed to Brevent early with Angus to hit a few areas he’d skied a couple of days… [continue reading]

30% Good, 70% Bad

Angus: Setting off from the Plan De L'Aiguille lift station around to the skier's left of the lift line

Location: Plan De L’Aiguille
Snow: 15-20cm powder at the top, very thin lower down
Weather: Mostly sunny

Things were looking sunnier that forecast today but Brevent’s top bin wasn’t open for skiers immediately so I got my first lap from Plan De L’Aiguille instead.  I only know the skier’s-right line so Angus showed us down the skier’s-left for somewhere totally… [continue reading]

Grand St Bernard

Colin: Dropping into our line in perfect powder

Location: Grand St Bernard
Snow: Some wind-affected, some 15-20cm powder, some surface hoar
Weather: Sunny but windy

I’ve skied 7 days out of the last 8 so I could really have done with a rest today, but with good weather forecast ahead of a few stormy days I had to get out anyway to make the most of things.  A… [continue reading]

Loriaz

Colin: Finally catching a break in the clouds above the Loriaz Chalets

Location: Loriaz
Snow: 20cm powder
Weather: Thick cloud with sunny spells

More touring today with sunny spells forecast.  Things were looking very gloomy on our early start but we headed up to Loriaz anyway (off the left side of the road between Le Buet and Vallorcine) to see what we could find.  I’ve only been up there once before in… [continue reading]

Better Than Expected

Luke: Starting our second lap from midstation

Location: Helbronner/Courmayeur
Snow: 25-30cm powder, mostly untracked, wet & heavy in places
Weather: Thin cloud & sunny spells

Angus was keen to get out for a full day today but conditions weren’t looking great anywhere so we headed through to Italy not expecting anything too special but packing glacier kit in case the skies above Helbronner were looking clear.  An… [continue reading]

Rando

Colin & Lorne: Rando mode (guess which one of us is more into this sort of thing)

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Very heavy on piste
Weather: Light cloud

No new snow today and not great weather but I wanted to get up the hill anyway so joined Colin on a quick skin up Les Houches on his lunch break.  For him it was a chance to keep his fitness up ahead of his ultra marathons next summer… [continue reading]

Good In Switzerland

Lorne: Always call “last run”; little drop on the way home (Funispace)

Location: Verbier
Snow: 20-30cm powder, lightly tracked but still skiing well
Weather: Overcast breaking to mostly sun

A decision over where to ski was required again last night with snow forecast overnight then breaking to sun by the afternoon.  While most friends were heading to the Midi or Italy I wanted to get through to Verbier for the first time… [continue reading]

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