Monthly Archives: February 2015

Not Great

Alex: Dropping into Italian Bowl

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 15-20cm powder on a bumpy base
Weather: Cloudy but bright

Decent snow and sunny skies were forecast, but unfortunately things weren’t as good as we expected today.

First lifts on Plan Joran got us up to midsation with no queues at all giving us our pick of where to go.  Off Bochard into Lavancher Bowl the… [continue reading]

Lunchtime Touring

Rob, Graham: Approaching the Aiguille de l'M

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: 15-20cm powder, heavy lower down
Weather: Bluebird

A quick lunchtime tour today in more perfect weather with no-one else around (only two skiers today, on a different route).

From Plan de l’Aiguille we took the existing traverse track a fair way across then skinned towards the base of the Aiguille de l’M for about 25… [continue reading]

Plan x2

Graham: Getting loose on the second lap

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: Mostly 25cm powder, some slightly wind-affected, some rocks
Weather: Bluebird but cold in the shade

Feeling better today, just a bit tired, but with bluer skies than forecast I had to get at least a few runs in again so up to the Midi Plan for a couple of morning laps.

The Midi lifts had… [continue reading]

Just A Couple

Alex: Drop in the trees

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 20cm powder on a bumpy base
Weather: Moderate snowfall, poor visibility

Feeling a bit ill today (not enough food or water during my 6 day ski week I think) but thought I’d head up the hill anyway to see how I felt and maybe get some good runs.  In the car and on the first lift… [continue reading]

Got It Right Again

Alex: Huck of the season, not quite landed but we'll give him it!

Location: Courmayeur
Snow: 35-40cm powder
Weather: Cloudy clearing to bluebird

Back to Courmayeur today in hope of deep snow and sunny skies.  And that’s pretty much what we got.

A couple of laps on our favourite tree areas to start with while the clouds were still lurking; very good in the main parts, a little scratchy to exit but worth… [continue reading]

Five In A Row

Alex: Not quite getting the airbag backflip around

Location: Brevent
Snow: Firm pistes then softening
Weather: Bluebird, warm

Tired legs this morning after four days in a row on the hill but it would be rude not to go up and enjoy the last warm sunny day on the forecast.  Mostly easy cruising around the pistes from 11.00-1.30pm; firm but grippy when we started and getting nice and… [continue reading]

Touring School

Martin, Ian: Heading up the Argentiere Basin

Location: Argentiere Basin
Snow: Soft but shallow spring snow
Weather: Bluebird, warm

Back up the Basin today for Martin’s first ever ski tour.  After some delays and faffing (all part of the game Martin) we got up top and down onto the glacier for about 10.30am but no big deal for today’s plan.  With some gear and skinning tips handed… [continue reading]

Right Good

Lorne: Safely straying from the existing tracks for a few dream turns

Location: Argentiere Basin
Snow: Mostly soft & smooth
Weather: Bluebird, cold in the shade

I think low expectations are the way to go this winter; another one of those days today where I went out not expecting much but conditions blew me away.  Touring on the sunny side of the Argentiere Basin was the decision for a nice sunny outing… [continue reading]

Bellissimo

Ian: Making it look deep

Location: Courmayeur
Snow: 20-25cm powder
Weather: Bluebird, warm

Italy reportedly had snow, so we went to Italy.  Emerging from the tunnel I really wasn’t sure if things would be that good but Courmayeur definitely delivered the goods.  Just three big laps really; two off the Arp (top lift) for plenty of untouched snow and some exploration rewarding us with some… [continue reading]

Wind-Affected

Alex: Finding some smoother chalky snow (Lavancher Bowl)

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Wind-affected
Weather: Mostly sun, warm, windy up high

School holidays are in full effect this week with the UK’s half term overlapping with some French holidays, so I spent the weekend resting and catching up on work.  Back to Grands Montets today for the first time in a while just to get a few easy laps… [continue reading].

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