After a few days of cold, clear weather we headed off to try and find what was left of the off piste. It was a pleasant surprise to find some nice lines on northern and eastern aspects. This photo of Penny is taken from just below Tete de Balme. This line involves a skin out to Col de Balme (although we saw two guided groups heading all the way down to Trient where there must have arranged transport home). It looks like fresh snow on Tuesday/Wednesday with no real signs of Spring yet.
Ski resorts throughout France have been inundated with holidaymakers but, thankfully,the holiday season is over and the valley has returned to normality. Those who have visited in the last four weeks have had a very mixed bag of weather varying from Sun to Siberian and to pouring rain to powder.
To be honest our skiing has been limited(mostly by weather)and when we ventured out conditions have varied from awful to sublime.
On 25th Feb we headed for Brevent with a view to touring in the large bowl towards Aguilletef des Houches but although sunny at Brevent Summit, a large cloud had enveloped everything below us and we were limited to a no visibility run home on hard pistes. Probably the worst ski of the year
The snow depth is greater than it has been for years promising great skiing in March and April.
Saturday 3rd March we skied perfect empty pistes in Les Houches.
On the morning of Sunday 4th March Le Tour was blanketed with fresh snow. Unfortunately the snow was heavily wind blown on the Vallorcine side and variable on the Le Tour side so I headed home after a couple of hours. Two separate avalanches claimed two lives that day in this area – the avalanche risk was 4/5.
Monday 6th March we headed to Bettex and couldn’t get into the car park. Not to be put off we drove to St. Nicholas de Vorace and easily gained access to the area from this sleepy village. 90% good piste skiing with some powder turns still to be had on northern aspects.
Fresh snow on Tuesday and Wednesday provided some great skiing in Les Contamines on 9th March. A cold sunny morning with good fresh snow provided some great runs in the sun
After that work interfered with time on snow until a return trip to Les Contamines on Tuesday this week. Some restricted visibility but good powder. Hayley was thrown in at the deep end for her first day but enjoyed her first day on snow for a year.
Wednesday back to Le Tour for a bluebird powder day and for Hayley to try out her new touring set up.