Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bail

Home on the Argentiere Glacier

Location: Argentiere Basin
Snow: Mostly soft and deep
Weather: Bluebird

Very tired legs today; maybe stretching is a good idea after all.  Something in the Argentiere Basin was the plan and I was pretty sure I would bail but thought I’d go out for a bit of a skin anyway and maybe part way up a route.

Off early lifts… [continue reading]

Capucin Couloir

Longer turns in the second half of the couloir

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: 30-40cm powder
Weather: Bluebird, cold

I only have a week of skiing left this winter as I’m going to Finale for a few days’ biking next Thursday before heading to Glasgow for a week.  So only a few good weather days left to get some good final descents in.  Today: Capucin Couloir on the NE… [continue reading]

Late April Powder

Plenty of untouched snow on the glacier

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 20cm powder
Weather: Sun & cloud

My motivation for skiing hasn’t been too high for the last week.  We’ve had some new snow but also mixed weather and really I’ve had plenty of “just OK” powder days this winter, so I just want some sunny weather for a few final tours and steeps to finish off… [continue reading]

Quick Envers

The best snow of the day on this bank

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: Mixed
Weather: Bluebird, warming up fast

Graham and I headed up the Midi early this morning to have a look at some north facing lines, fully equipped but with doubt already in our heads, but we thought we should at least take a look.  I’m not desperate to repeat the Col du Plan descent after… [continue reading]

Glacier de Bron

Graham: Best snow of the day in the middle of the descent

Location: Le Tour to Trient
Snow: Smooth & soft but a bit grabby
Weather: Bluebird, windy

Snow falling for two days and blue skies forecast; conditions were going to be good today but crowd avoidance was our main goal.  So we dingied any plans of skiing Grands Montets or the Midi and instead came up with a pretty mellow touring… [continue reading]

Welcome Back Winter

Josh: Good snow on the far side of Italian Bowl

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 20cm powder up high
Weather: Steady snowfall, poor visibility

At this time of year my motivation for skiing is slipping a little bit and I normally say that I want either a proper snowfall or just two weeks of full sun to finish off the winter.  Today we had the proper snowfall.

Josh and I got… [continue reading]

Fresh Snow, Tired Legs

A bit heavier lower on the mountain but still good

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 20cm tracked powder, heavier lower
Weather: Bluebird, warm

My legs are still pretty gubbed from Tuesday’s big day but with a bit of fresh snow overnight and the last sunny day for a while I wanted to get up for a bit today.  Just three laps on lunch in the end through Canadian & Lavancher bowls… [continue reading]

Mont Buet NE Face

First turns on Mont Buet's NE face, incredible

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Soft & smooth on N aspects, variable elsewhere, heavy lower down
Weather: Very light cloud

Conditions have been prime this week for high altitude steep skiing on north faces so all of Chamonix’s trophy lines have seen a lot of action but I had only one thing on my mind: a descent of Mont Buet’s NE… [continue reading]

Firm in the Park

Kickers all to myself early in the morning

Location: Le Tour
Snow: Very firm pistes, suddenly softening around noon
Weather: Bluebird, colder

I had high hopes of a really good day in Le Tour park today but sadly the snow and shaping disappointed me a little, although it was really nice to have the main line literally to myself until 10.30am.

With cold temperatures last night I knew… [continue reading]

Right Skis

2012/2013 Katana: they don't make 'em like this any more!

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Firm pistes above midstation, soft below
Weather: Clear above 2100m, in clouds below

No one to play with today, so I just got a few fast piste laps on the Grands Montets in the morning before a bit of work.  Half of the skiers on the mountain seemed to be queuing for the top bin leaving… [continue reading]

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