Monthly Archives: February 2016

Fresh

Graham: Dropping into couloir number two

Location: Brevent
Snow: 20cm powder/fresh snow
Weather: Overcast

Another day cut short thanks to my back problems, but at least I got out for two good runs and managed to get some photos.

One tree couloir down from midstation level first for good snow all the way until joining the homerun piste which had one old avalanche path to cross,… [continue reading]

Family Day

Classic style from my mum

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Soft & heavy on piste
Weather: Overcast, light snow

My parents and sister are in town this week for some skiing (and meanwhile my brother welcomed his first baby into the family in Louisiana last night) so I got a few hours with them at Les Houches this morning.  Snow was falling yesterday above 1300-1800m even… [continue reading]

Springtime in February

Angus: Spring snow slash

Location: Le Tour/Vallorcine
Snow: Spring conditions
Weather: Bluebird, very warm

Just a quick one this morning before work and with not many hours to spare so I headed up Le Tour on first lifts to make the most of things.  Sadly the recent warm conditions meant a bulletproof refrozen crust on the NW faces on the Vallorcine side but the… [continue reading]

Jibbing

Red/black kickers under construction on the left, start of the blue line on the right

Location: Le Tour
Snow: Soft pistes
Weather: Hazy cloud, some wind, cold

With town busy and lots of work on I’ll probably only get three days’ skiing this week so I mixed things up with some easy park laps this morning at Le Tour.  The access gondola queue was pretty big at 9am but no waiting at all on the… [continue reading]

Pointes de la Carmélite

Graham: Big fast turns in the middle of the couloir

Location: Aravis
Snow: 20cm powder
Weather: Bluebird above clouds, cold in shade

A nice tour in the Aravis Range today to get away from as much holiday traffic as possible, joined by Graham’s old workmate Morgan who had some good local knowledge for us, plus his friends Loic and Ben.

From the parking at Vallon we had planned to skin… [continue reading]

Back in Italy

Plenty of untouched snow in the trees

Location: Courmayeur
Snow: 30-40cm powder
Weather: Cloud and sun

Back to Courmayeur again for another classic powder day after hearing some good reports from a friend yesterday, joined by Graham’s Glencoe ski pal Roddy and his brother Jamie – nice to show them around the spots we’ve come to love over the past few years and a few nice pizza… [continue reading]

Local Lunch Laps

Can't see much from here, that includes the queues

Location: Brevent
Snow: Soft & tracked
Weather: Cloudy

Just a few laps up Brevent on lunch today as I’m back doing doing some driving a few days a week now that the holiday crowds have rolled into town.  Sadly the clouds had closed in by the time I got up and the Cornu didn’t open until I was heading home… [continue reading]

Park Skis, Not in the Park

View from the Tete de Balme down the Chamonix Valley as the clouds rolled in

Location: Le Tour/Vallorcine
Snow: 20cm powder
Weather: Increasing cloud

Tied legs from yesterday’s long day and lots of work on, but I fancied some lazy park laps today while the weather was fair.  Bad news: the park still hadn’t opened by the time I got up to Le Tour at 12.30pm.  Good news: it’s getting completely rebuilt, hopefully with better… [continue reading]

Classico

Graham: Pillow shifty

Location: Helbronner & Courmayeur
Snow: 40-50cm powder
Weather: Cloud and sun

There was only one place on our minds for today’s skiing: Courmayeur.  Through to Val Veny for 9am the lift wasn’t open yet so rather than wait it out we headed up the new Helbronner Skyway lift for the first time, thinking that we would be battling traffic but… [continue reading]

Riders on the Storm

Pillow popping in the Magic Forest

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 20-30cm powder, heavy down low
Weather: Snow/sleet/rain descending the mountain, getting heavier, poor visibility

Here we go again… a big storm has rolled into town and temperatures are slowly dropping so we bagged some local storm laps on GM today while things fill in.  I haven’t gone out during a big snowfall like this in a… [continue reading]

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