It has been a bit of a slow start to the season with an early fall of snow in the first week of November followed by cold weather. Some keen tourers found good conditions above mid station at Le Tour followed by a pretty rocky descent to the car park. I wasn’t really tempted.
Last weekend saw a partial opening at Grand Montets accompanied by a föhn gale. Again not tempted.
Italy has benefited from the weather patterns with large falls in the lower Aoste Valley and fairly large falls in Courmayeur.
Penny, Ziggy and I skinned up from Val Veny on Monday to find a good covering of wet snow. It was more of a walk than a ski but nice to be on the mountain.
The rain then arrived and after a fairly miserable few days in the valley it looked like a substantial amount of snow had fallen above 1800 metres and we were tempted by opening day at Courmayeur. Thankfully the clouds had dispelled and the slopes were in great condition above mid station.
An early start allowed 5 or 6 runs in good cold powder followed by a short quick skin up to the shoulder of Youla and some good turns if a little wind affected. As usual home for lunch.