Monthly Archives: January 2016

Race Skis In Italy

Fleur: Nice piste, nice backdrop

Location: Courmayeur
Snow: Soft pistes
Weather: Bluebird

Just pistes today, through in Italy for better pistes than anywhere in the Chamonix Valley and on my new (second hand) GS skis for the first time to make things interesting.  Soft pistes, low crowds, fine weather and a couple of cappuccino breaks made for a nice relaxed day.

The skis were a… [continue reading]

More Park

Angus: Spinning the first kicker

Location: Le Tour
Snow: Soft pistes
Weather: Hazy cloud, warm

Another relaxed and fun few laps in the park today.  Red kicker takeoffs have improved a little from earlier in the week, there’s one new kicker in the making and lots of new rails ready to be installed… [continue reading].

Summit Park

The third red kicker in Le Tour's Summit Park

Location: Le Tour
Snow: Soft pistes
Weather: Bluebird, warm

A park day today, my first in almost two years.  I’ve been missing park kickers a little bit even with all of the other ski options around Chamonix; there’s something nice and simple about going to the park, lapping it until you’re tired and going home, compared to a lot of… [continue reading]

Col De La Terrasse

Approaching the Loriaz Chalets

Location: Loriaz
Snow: Mixed 20cm powder & sun crust
Weather: Sunny then cloudy

A quick kind-of-local tour today rather than deal with lift tickets and weekend crowds.  Up 700m on the snowshoe trail to the Chalets de Loriaz then another 600m up to Col de la Terrasse for my first time.  We weren’t sure if the snow would be OK… [continue reading]

Pic De La Corne NW Couloir

Fleur: Dropping in off the summit

Location: Chablais Alps
Snow: 20cm powder, some slightly windpacked, some firm
Weather: Hazy cloud

Another fine weather day today and from the look of my Facebook feed a lot of friends have been out enjoying the conditions around the Chamonix Valley.  With the avalanche danger still high we fancied something a bit safer so we settled on the low-elevation NW… [continue reading]

A Wee Tour

Jonny: Creamy smooth snow off the Col des Crochues

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: 20cm powder
Weather: Bluebird, cold in the shade

The first bluebird day after the recent snowfalls and time for a quick tour in the Rouges on the classic Crochues-Berard traverse.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s the most popular tour in the Chamonix Valley for a reason, it’s easy, safe and fun… [continue reading]!

Portes du Mont Blanc

Fleur: Getting her ski legs back

Location: Portes du Mont Blanc
Snow: Soft pistes, soft/heavy off piste
Weather: Bright then cloudy

My old pal and former Chamonix resident Fleur has just rolled into town for a week or so and the Portes du Mont Blanc ski area was the plan today (Megeve/Combloux/Geittaz) for a mellow first day back on skis.

Pistes were in perfect condition, off… [continue reading]

Better Than Expected

Jim: Slash with a backdrop

Location: Brevent/Flegere
Snow: 20cm powder
Weather: Hazy cloud

No big expectations today but it was a fun one.  Jonny and his pals are in town for a well-timed couple of weeks’ riding and we headed up Brevent early to check things out.  The top bin wasn’t open to skiers but there was still plenty of fun terrain to play on… [continue reading]

One Of Those Days

Graham: Going big

Location: Le Tour/Vallorcine
Snow: 30-40cm slightly compressed powder, some wind-affected snow
Weather: Mostly sunny

Another tough decision for where to ski today.  Italy or Switzerland for good snow but a more expensive day or Grands Montets and hope that the high lifts open and the crowds aren’t too bad?  None of the above; Le Tour was the answer once we… [continue reading]

Val Veny Trees

Graham: Pillows

Location: Courmayeur
Snow: 40cm powder
Weather: Light cloud

Italy today as a safe option instead of trying the road to Switzerland again. A classic day, only lapping the Val Veny trees just like I used to do in my first few years of skiing Courmayeur.

The snow was deep, the crowds were low and we found a few new tree… [continue reading]

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