Monthly Archives: April 2015

Col du Plan

Lorne: Tight & steep but feeling good in the couloir (photo: Ben Tibbetts)

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: Mostly 20-25cm powder, some thinner scratchy sections
Weather: Hazy cloud

I’ve been fairly vocal of my lack of interest in skiing any of the trophy lines on the high-consequence terrain of the Aiguille du Midi’s north face since finding my feet in Chamonix (see this Camptocamp climbing guide for an idea) …but also known to… [continue reading]

Not Too Good

Rob: Battling with the snow off the back side of Grands Montets

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Variable
Weather: Sun & cloud

I wasn’t going to ski today, but things were brighter than expected this morning so why not?

Just one big lap off the top of Grands Montets in the end as the snow was generally pretty poor; just 5-10cm of new snow wasn’t enough to freshen up the refrozen bumps.  A… [continue reading]

Spring Laps

Spencer: Slash

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Soft/slushy
Weather: Bluebird, hot

More hot & sunny weather has settled over the valley this week, and although I’ve been more motivated to get out on my bike than to go touring lately I couldn’t say no to some springtime laps on Grands Montets this lunchtime.

Crowds are still low thanks to the later-than-usual French holidays… [continue reading]

Nice One

Andy, Graham, Sandy, Rob: OK snow far skier's-left off the back of Grands Montets

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Mostly crunchy bumps off piste, mostly soft/slushy on piste
Weather: Sun & cloud

Not much skiing for a few days while dreich weather invaded the valley over the weekend.  Back to classic spring conditions today for some easy Grands Montets laps from 12-2.30pm.

Pistes off Bochard were skiing really nicely; soft with lots of lips to… [continue reading]

Couple Of Laps

Lorne: Picking through rocks off Floria (no camera today, phone pic will have to do)

Location: Flegere
Snow: Heavy spring snow
Weather: Overcast then snowing

Just a quick lunchtime ski around Flegere today before the weather really comes in over the weekend, and just a couple of big laps off Floria as it turned out.  Off piste snow was pretty heavy but spotting the smoother sections was the way to go again for some nice… [continue reading]

Springtime On The Midi

Rob, Bouch: Heading towards Grand Envers from the Midi Arete

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: Mostly soft, deep spring snow; heavy low down
Weather: Hazy cloud

A nice lazy start today for a 1pm Midi lap, heading down the Grand Envers for my first time in two years.

Most of the lift traffic was sightseers so we only saw two other skiers on our main descent, nice and relaxed.  The… [continue reading]

Hot Tour

Rob: Taking in the views towards the Mont Blanc Massif from Col de Beaugeant

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Firm & choppy in the shade, spring snow in the sun, very heavy low down
Weather: Bluebird, very hot

A change of plans midway through today’s tour but we still ended up with a really fun descent in good spring snow and hot temperatures.

We had planned to ski a new route to us, the NE… [continue reading]

A Day Of Two Halves

Luke, Ginge: Bumpy but softer lower down

Location: Aiguille du Midi/Brevent/Flegere
Snow: Refrozen ruts then spring moguls (Midi), spring snow/slush (Brevent/Flegere)
Weather: Hazy cloud, hot

Ginge is back in town this week but only free for one day’s skiing today (his first and only of the winter) after spending a few days and nights up the mountain on a climbing mission, and without touring gear, so we… [continue reading]

Quick One On The Rognon

Martin: Tracked powder at the top of the Gros Rognon route

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: Tracked powder at the top, spring snow lower down
Weather: Bluebird, warm

Redemption today for yesterday’s failed plan with a lap down the Gros Rognon route off the Midi.  From a 12pm bin with only about 10 other skiers it was a nice relaxed ski with mostly tracked shallow powder at the top and a… [continue reading]

Resort Laps

Martin: Traversing to Hotel Face

Location: Brevent/Flegere
Snow: Soft everywhere, sometimes a bit choppy, good pistes
Weather: Bluebird

No-one to tour with today so Martin and I had planned a Midi lap at lunchtime.  But… the Midi had been closed for an hour with “Info at 12pm” announced.  Not sure if it would actually reopen we headed up Flegere instead and across to Brevent for… [continue reading]

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