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Barbey Couloir

Alex: The most fun section of the descent

Location: Argentiere Basin
Snow: Boot-top powder where it mattered
Weather: Bluebird

Excellent conditions in Barbey Couloir today off the back side of the Aiguille d’Argentiere.  A little firm at the top but once through the rock choke the snow was near-perfect boot-top powder, just a little sluffy but nothing to worry us much.  Steep but not scary-steep; very fun.  The… [continue reading]

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]

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]

Vallorcine Powder

Graham: Dropping into the lower Vallorcine trees

Location: Vallorcine
Snow: 25cm powder, some soft windslab
Weather: Snow/cloud/sun

Decent snow off the Tete de Balme today.  Things got busy pretty quickly but we still found some good untracked stuff on each lap anyway with a little effort.


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Le Petit Croisse Baulet E Face

Graham: Dropping into the E face of Le Petit Croisse Baulet

Location: Portes du Mont Blanc
Snow: 25cm powder, a little sugary lower down
Weather: Bluebird, cold, windy up high

A little resort touring today from Megeve’s lifts, something we had heard is worth some short hikes and an area we know a little from summer biking.

From the Combloux base we took lifts up to Sommet des Salles before a… [continue reading]

Here We Go Again

Colin: Deep

Location: Le Tour/Vallorcine
Snow: 25cm powder on a good base, some wind-affected snow
Weather: Bluebird, cold

Proper snow is here, holiday crowds have left town and I’m kind of on top of things with work, work and work now, so time for some skiing.

Le Tour’s Tete de Balme chairlift didn’t open yesterday so we took a gamble and headed… [continue reading]

Here We Go

Feeling good in the powder

Location: La Fouly
Snow: 30cm powder, some wind & sun-affected
Weather: Bluebird

Winter 16/17 is well and truly upon us.  After some bike maintenance on my return to Chamonix I only managed a few rides off the Flegere cablecar, one at Loriaz and an excellent late-afternoon descent from Plan de l’Aiguille before temperatures dropped last week and the snow started… [continue reading]

Rond

Andy: Deep in the exit couloir

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: 30cm powder, some firm, some crusty
Weather: Sun & clouds, windy up high

Probably my last ski day of the winter today.  I wasn’t even going to ski but when a plan of West Couloir came together last night (another classic route I’ve not got round to skiing yet), I thought why not.  The plan… [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]

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