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Tis the Season

Powder turn overlooking Chamonix town

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: Deep powder, heavier lower
Weather: Overcast

South African Alex is in town, so as always that means that the Plan has come into excellent condition.

Three laps skier’s-left today for a change, exploring a bit further for amazing untracked gullies, plenty of natural kickers and excellent landings.  Well worth a bit of bushwhacking to return… [continue reading]

One Each Side

Wet faceshots skier's-left of the lift station

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: Fresh, very heavy lower
Weather: Cloudy, warm, light snow/rain

Pretty nice on Plan de l’Aiguille today on one lap each side of the lift station.  Decent fresh snow without too many tracks, starting off a little heavy and ending incredibly heavy & sticky, and the exits & 4×4 track OK with just a little walking… [continue reading]

One More

Graham: Pillow shifty

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: 35cm powder
Weather: Cloudy but bright

Just one big lap off the Midi Plan again on lunch, but a really fun one.  Nice to ski with Colin for the first time this winter, especially as he had logged GPS coordinates of a new pillow area he spotted for us yesterday.  Plenty of untouched snow, fun… [continue reading]

Two Runs

Very nice in the woods lower down

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: 35cm powder
Weather: Sunny

My back is feeling stronger every day now.  I had a lot of work on today so wasn’t going to ski but with much finer weather than expected how could I say no to a couple of Midi Plan laps on lunch with Graham?

The crowds were low, the snow was… [continue reading]

One Run

Graham: Setting off from the traverse track

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: 25cm powder
Weather: Cloudy

My first ski in a while, having given my back enough time to rest and having seen a physio.  It’s not quite at 100% yet but good enough for a quick ski today.

There was decent snow skier’s-right off a low traverse track, hitting the base occasionally and some snow sliding… [continue reading]

Lunchtime Touring

Rob, Graham: Approaching the Aiguille de l'M

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: 15-20cm powder, heavy lower down
Weather: Bluebird

A quick lunchtime tour today in more perfect weather with no-one else around (only two skiers today, on a different route).

From Plan de l’Aiguille we took the existing traverse track a fair way across then skinned towards the base of the Aiguille de l’M for about 25… [continue reading]

Plan x2

Graham: Getting loose on the second lap

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: Mostly 25cm powder, some slightly wind-affected, some rocks
Weather: Bluebird but cold in the shade

Feeling better today, just a bit tired, but with bluer skies than forecast I had to get at least a few runs in again so up to the Midi Plan for a couple of morning laps.

The Midi lifts had… [continue reading]

Back To The Plan

Graham: Finding a safe pitch of nice untouched snow on the second lap

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: 35cm powder
Weather: Light snowfall, some wind

Just a couple of laps this lunchtime on the Midi Plan, site of my favourite days last winter.  The snow was reportedly a little windblown in places this morning so we played it safe just slightly skier’s-right of the lift each time amongst existing tracks but still found… [continue reading]

Lunchtime On The Plan

Lorne: Dropping in on the first lap

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: 25-30cm powder, heavy lower down
Weather: Mixed sun & cloud

Snow continued to fall for most of yesterday through to this morning, topping things up even further after our long dry spell.  I had some work to do this morning so just got a couple of laps from the Midi midstation with Graham and Colin… [continue reading]

Chapeau Sandwich

Lorne: My favourite drop this winter

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille/Grands Montets
Snow: 30-40cm powder, heavy low down in the afternoon
Weather: Bluebird and warm, some clouds on the last run

Yesterday ranked pretty highly as one of my best ski days of all time but today was undoubtedly better!  I had a big day planned with Colin and South African Alex: a run or two on… [continue reading]

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