Category Archives: Ski day

Cold Shoulder

Graham: Best snow of the day on N facing banks

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: Mostly soft, come crusty
Weather: Bluebird, very cold in the shade

…So cold that we didn’t even make it to the Tacul Shoulder today, but I’m sticking with the post title.

A 7.45am start at the Midi station was perfect to get tokens for the second bin of the day but we ended up on… [continue reading]

A Good Morning

Joel: Top of the couloir off the Pourrie

Location: Brevent
Snow: Slightly heavy, quite sluffy
Weather: Mostly sunny

A nice morning on Brevent today, up early to beat the holiday queues.  A quick skin to the Pourrie first, for slightly heavy & sluffy snow but nice and smooth in the couloir we took back towards the resort.  ENSA couloir next, after spotting only a few tracks going in… [continue reading]

Plan

Graham: Doesn't always smile when he's enjoying himself, but I think he is here

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: Shallow to moderate powder
Weather: Bluebird, cold

Still a little bit ill (slowly getting better) and with the holiday crowds upon us I wasn’t going to ski this week but glad I did today even just for two quick laps.  Not the deepest snow but lovely and smooth, with a bit of a scratchy exit… [continue reading]

Pourrie

Not the deepest snow, but good enough

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Soft & powdery where untouched
Weather: Bluebird above the clouds

Just a quick one on the Pourrie this morning above the clouds.  My lungs were struggling with even the short climb but we still got up ahead of one other pair and a massive group of snowboarders, dropping in towards the Combes de Gliere & Lachenal… [continue reading]

I’m Not Mad, Just Disappointed

View from the top of Le Tour's park

Location: Le Tour
Snow: Perfect pistes
Weather: Sunny but windy

I’m feeling a bit ill today after a nasty week of work, and still not too motivated to ski but thought I would head up to Le Tour for my first proper park laps in almost two years.

After a 100 day winter in 2009/2010 consisting of about 90% pure… [continue reading]

Pistes

Perfect pistes and fast skis; excellent

Location: Le Tour
Snow: Perfect firm pistes
Weather: Sun, increasing cloud & wind

Just a few sunny pistes today before the next storm arrives.  Excellent conditions on the pistes, not much traffic and the park is slowly taking shape… [continue reading].

Back on It (Again)

Scotty: Finding a little late-afternoon spring snow

Location: Les Contamines
Snow: Perfect pistes, some spring snow off-piste
Weather: Bluebird, warm

Not much skiing from me lately, despite the snow conditions improving somewhat and my workload decreasing.

Taking so long off skiing has driven my motivation to lows I never thought I’d see and I’ve found myself looking forward to summer more and more and really not feeling… [continue reading]

Back on It

Graham: Very nice shallow but smooth powder in the untracked areas

Location: Courmayeur
Snow: Mixed; shallow powder where untracked
Weather: Bluebird

My ski motivation has been at an all time low lately thanks to combination of holiday crowds, warm weather and lots of work but it was very nice to get back out today for a classic day in Italy.  The snow wasn’t the deepest and the tracked areas were pretty… [continue reading]

Xmas Pistes

Keeping it oldschool today on the vintage skis

Location: Brevent/Flegere
Snow: Soft/spring snow pistes
Weather: Mostly sunny, warm

No new snow in a while but nice to get out for a few sunny piste laps today to celebrate Santa’s birthday, mostly on Flegere with fewer crowds than expected… [continue reading].

Same Again Please

Getting low

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: Deep powder
Weather: Mostly sunny

Two laps on the right side of the Plan again.  Very nice again.  I’m very busy with various work at the moment so I’ll let the photos do the talking… [continue reading].

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