Monthly Archives: March 2015

Saint Gervais & Apres Ski

Roslyn: Nice slushy pistes in the afternoon

Location: Saint Gervais
Snow: Perfect soft pistes, slushy low down in the afternoon
Weather: Sun & Cloud

My family’s last day of their visit to Chamonix today so we drove down the valley to Saint Gervais to enjoy some pistes (one free day with Chamonix’s MBU lift pass).  I’ve never skied the area before, only biked on the far side… [continue reading]

Cloudy

Today's visibility

Location: Le Tour & Grands Montets
Snow: Perfect soft pistes in the morning, slushy in the afternoon
Weather: Overcast/whiteout

Very poor light everywhere mid-mountain today but we made it up Le Tour in the morning anyway then on to Grands Montets in the afternoon.

Pistes on Le Tour were in prime condition with a dusting of fresh snow since yesterday,… [continue reading]

Quick Tour

Col de Berard, solo

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Mostly 10cm soft snow on a firm, choppy base
Weather: Sun & light cloud

Back on the Crochues-Berard solo today as the group plan didn’t work with my schedule, moving nice and quick on my own and timing things today just out of interest.

Top of Floria to Col des Crochues: 18 minutes up by bootpacking… [continue reading]

Family Day Out

Roslyn: Returning towards Verbier from Thyon

Location: Verbier
Snow: Good & firm then good & soft on piste
Weather: Sunny then light cloud

My mum, dad and sister are in town for the week, and as I’ve always said that Chamonix is pretty terrible for intermediate skiers we headed to Verbier for their first day’s skiing, somewhere I’ve always thought they would like for a holiday… [continue reading]

Late Midi Lap

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Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: Spring snow in the sun, refrozen crud in the shade
Weather: Mostly sunny

Still not feeling 100% today but I’m getting there, and couldn’t pass up Rob’s idea of a casual lap of the Midi starting at lunchtime, my first time up there this winter.  Perfect warm, sunny weather greeted us at the peak so… [continue reading]

More Slush

Alex: Slushy takeoff with a nice view

Location: Brevent/Flegere
Snow: Soft/slushy
Weather: Mostly sunny, warm

I’ve been suffering with a nasty bug for the past few days (my fault, it seems 48 hours isn’t enough time to give ill friends to recover before hanging out with them), but wanted to get up the mountain for some easy skiing anyway.

Up Brevent and across to Flegere at 12.30pm… [continue reading]

Slush, Glorious Slush

Martin: Slushy bumps

Location: Brevent/Flegere
Snow: Soft/slushy pistes, off-piste variable
Weather: Thickening cloud

Now this was a fun day on the hill.  No backpacks, ripping around as a group, plenty kickers & gaps forming and no crowds.

We skied around 12.30 to 3.30pm with the pistes starting nice and soft and ending up really slushy (we like slush).  Moguls were semi-forming on the… [continue reading]

More Pistes

Martin: Nice soft pistes on our last run home

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Firm pistes, softening in the afternoon
Weather: Hazy cloud

More sunny pistes.  A Courmayeur trip was on the cards but a fair queue was sitting at the tunnel going nowhere fast so we bailed to Grands Montets instead.  Pistes were a little too firm for my edges first thing but softened up nicely and stayed smooth,… [continue reading]

Plan B: Slush

Martin, Alex: Ripping up the pistes off the back of Les Houches, overlooking the Arve Valley

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Soft pistes, slushy lower down
Weather: Bluebird, warm

I was up early this morning to head up Grands Montets with Alex for something off the Argentiere Basin, feeling ready for a big day, but it wasn’t to be as the Top Bin was announced as closed at 9.00am due to high winds.  Plan B took us… [continue reading]

And Again

Standard Col de Berard solo shot

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Spring snow/windblown on the main descent
Weather: Sunny then light clouds

Back on the Crochues-Berard Traverse on my own once again.  A solo mission wasn’t the original plan; Martin was up for his first real ski tour but one third of the way up to the Col des Crochues his new knee injury was giving him… [continue reading]

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