Tag Archives: Grands Montets

Getting Deeper

Pretty easy to find untracked snow today

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Moderate powder on a good base, heavy below 2000m
Weather: Moderate snowfall

Deeper snow today on Grands Montets and surprisingly few people out enjoying it, making it very easy to take quick laps of the Tabé chairlift.  We tried a traverse from the Marmottons chairlift towards the Lognan Refuge but poor visibility was making for frustrating… [continue reading]

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… [continue reading]

Lavancher Laps

Graham: Best snow of the day in the lower half of Lavancher Bowl

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Mostly 15-20cm sugar
Weather: Hazy cloud, warm

Grands Montets’ Bochard gondola opened this weekend thanks to last week’s lower temperatures and new snow.  I didn’t make it up the hill yesterday but Graham reported decent conditions, so we headed up this morning for a couple of laps of Lavancher Bowl with touring gear for the return… [continue reading]

Powder Closing Day

Angus: Deep on closing day

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 35cm powder
Weather: Thick cloud, some sun

Closing day on Grands Montets already, and definitely the deepest snow I’ve ever had on a closing day.  Visibility was pretty poor so sticking to the rocks on the right side of Lavancher Bowl let us see just enough of the terrain, before three good laps off the Herse… [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]

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]

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]

Wrong Skis

Not the right skis for today's conditions

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Very soft pistes
Weather: Warm, drizzly snow

Today’s plan of early piste laps in good condition really didn’t work out.  Pierre a Ric was too soft and heavy already at 9am and although the Bochard was a lot better the visibility was very poor.  Some big stiff freeride skis would have been perfect on the lower… [continue reading]

Blasting About

Josh: Avoiding some traffic at high speed on Pierre à Ric

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Firm on piste, firm/chalky/soft off piste
Weather: Bluebird

A pretty easy morning today just blasting around GM lifts.  Low crowds meant that fast piste laps were the most fun parts of the day.  We got one run off the top as well but the snow was pretty firm and rutted for most of the descent with… [continue reading]

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