And so the Season begins

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.

Top of Val Veny cable car

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.

Penny breaking trail
Looking at the views

Earning your turns
Good snow

Chamonix Week 2 – 2018

The less said about week 1 the better. After a snowy and cold December the weather deteriorated with at least 3 days of torrential rain accompanied by substantial snowfalls at altitude and storm force winds. A few intrepid skiers ventured onto the mountains but I wasn’t one of them. It has been cold and clear for the most this week and it looks like a return to winter conditions next week with the promise of a metre of fresh snow. Continue reading “Chamonix Week 2 – 2018”