Tag Archives: Helbronner

Game On

Roddy: A facial expression is worth a thousand words

Location: Helbronner/Courmayeur
Snow: Deep powder, some windslab
Weather: Steady snow/sleet, humid

Very nice in Italy today, and a good decision as it looks like not much opened in the Chamonix valley.  Three laps of the Helbronner lowers then four or five in the Val Veny trees once the lift opened, finding good deep untracked powder all day with surprisingly low… [continue reading]

Surprise Surprise

The best snow on shaded slopes of the Toule Glacier

Location: Helbronner & Courmayeur
Snow: Deep powder in the shade, heavy in the sun
Weather: Sun & cloud

It’s entirely fair to say that winter 16/17 has been totally shit so far in Chamonix.  I’ve had less than 10 ski days so far instead of my usual 35-40 by this time of year, and with warm temperatures and school holidays… [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]

Helbronner

Rob: Far skier's-left of the Toule glacier

Location: Helbronner
Snow: 15-20cm powder
Weather: Bluebird, warm

Christmas & New Year holidays are over, town is quiet and we have a bit of new snow.  Only a bit, and only above 1700m or so, but new snow all the same.  Helbronner on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif was the decision today, and a good one it… [continue reading]

Quick Laps Up High

Graham, Sandy: Access to our second descent

Location: Helbronner
Snow: 10-15cm powder, some slightly wind-affected
Weather: Sunny but cold

Now we’re getting there.  Things are feeling more and more wintery every day in Chamonix; the snow line is still around 1800m but the trees are looking frosty and temperatures are pretty low.  Up high conditions have been reportedly pretty good with routes off the Tour Ronde seeing… [continue reading]

Better Than Expected

Luke: Starting our second lap from midstation

Location: Helbronner/Courmayeur
Snow: 25-30cm powder, mostly untracked, wet & heavy in places
Weather: Thin cloud & sunny spells

Angus was keen to get out for a full day today but conditions weren’t looking great anywhere so we headed through to Italy not expecting anything too special but packing glacier kit in case the skies above Helbronner were looking clear.  An… [continue reading]

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