Opening Day

Graham: Best snow of the day just down from Col des Rachasses

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Variable, some rocks
Weather: Cloudy, some wind

I’ve had a pretty hectic time since returning from Canada with a new apartment to move into and a lot of work on but Grands Montets opened today so I thought I should get out for my first ski of the winter.

Only the Bochard, Marmottons and Tabé lifts were running above midstation but a quick skin from the Bochard lift got us to Col des Rachasses behind just one other skier; surprising not to see more people up there.  Snow on the way down was pretty mixed; some windloaded, some firm and plenty of rocks (both visible and hiding under the surface) but there was enough soft, powdery snow to enjoy almost all the way down to the top of the Herse chairlift.

One piste lap off Bochard finished us off; pretty firm snow and busy.  Off piste looked soft but rocky; even if I had skis that I didn’t care about I wouldn’t fancy it at the moment.

I’d call the snow cover pretty typical for early December at the moment.  Let’s see how the rest of the winter shapes up.

Graham: Picking through the rocks lower down

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