Monthly Archives: April 2014

Nivose Gear Website Now Live

Nivose Gear

No skiing today while the clouds are back in, but a little promotion for local startup company Nivose Gear instead.  Not something I’d normally do, but I’ve been somewhat involved with their launch by doing a quick website build for them to their own design and also supplying their branded beanies and t-shirts through my company Boax Clothing.  Plus their… [continue reading]

The Same, But Even Better

Tim, Joel: Setting off to Grands Montet's front face above the clouds

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 20-25cm powder with mostly widely-spaced tracks
Weather: Cloud band around 2400-2800m; clear above, gloomy below

Some sun in the valley at last!  I had some work do do this morning and most of my usual partners seemed to be occupied with more important things like work, summer sports, leaving the country before winter is over, or… [continue reading]

The Same, But Better

Andy: Making the most of late-season powder on Rachasses

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 20-25cm powder
Weather: Steady light snowfall, poor visibility

Rain continued to fall steadily in town all of yesterday, turning to snow by early this morning, so I was pretty sure there would be slightly better conditions than yesterday up high today.  Things didn’t disappoint, and although the visbility was still pretty poor the snow was excellent;… [continue reading]

More Late Powder

Lorne: Getting up to speed on Rachasses in better visibility

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 15-20cm powder on a soft base
Weather: Steady light snowfall, poor visibility

Not much skiing this week with variable weather, lots of work on and not many motivated friends but I got a few laps today in the new snow which has been falling since last night above 2000m.

Graham and I got straight up Grand… [continue reading]

Still Good

Graham: Snow still good enough for a few drops

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Soft & heavy on & off piste
Weather: Sun & cloud

Sunnier than expected again today so it would be a shame not to get up the hill and make the most of it.  Just a few hours all over Grands Montets, with soft fun bumps off piste and the pistes still in excellent condition.  The… [continue reading]

Easter Rognon

Lorne: Plenty of untouched snow at the top of Gros Rognon

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: 15-20cm powder
Weather: Hazy cloud

This morning’s weather was much better than was predicted yesterday, so I grabbed a quick lap off the Midi with Graham.  Easter holiday crowds were out in force (mostly sightseers) so we got tickets for 11am and waited with cups of tea back at Graham’s.  On our way up we… [continue reading]

Late-Season Powder

Lorne: Finding decent snow on the Rachasses face

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 15cm powder on a crunchy base, very firm on piste
Weather: Light snowfall, poor visibility, some wind, cold

Rain/sleet/snow was falling in town all day yesterday and is still falling now, enough to freshen things up on the mountain for the final weeks of the winter season, so I headed up to Grands Montets for just… [continue reading]

Still Going

Graham: Head 103s too heavy to spin but fine for some shifties

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Very firm on upper slopes, soft in the park
Weather: Bluebird, colder than the past week

Winter is definitely winding down now but I’ll still be on the hill day on/day off until the resort lifts stop completely on 4th May.  Some friends have been out on the bikes already for the past two weeks so… [continue reading]

Breche De Berard

Graham: Excellent spring snow at the top of the descent

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Mostly good spring snow at 10.30am, some still quite firm
Weather: Bluebird, warm

Probably my last ski tour in the Aiguilles Rouges today, to the Breche de Berard (AKA Keyhole) with Graham and Sandy.

Flegere’s main telecabin and Index chairlift are open for touring access until Wednesday from 8.30-10am only, with “possible extension of the openings… [continue reading]

Closing Day On Brevent

Graham: Very soft but still fun on Hotel Face

Location: Brevent
Snow: Very soft and heavy, some wet slides on steeper off piste
Weather: Sun and cloud

Today marked the closing day for some of Chamonix’s lifts so I got a quick final ski up Brevent with Graham from 10.30-12.30pm.  Everything was very soft and heavy but still worth the trip up for some easy laps and not busy… [continue reading]

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