Final Day of the Ski Season

Yesterday was the final day of my ski and winter season. Following about 50cm of fresh snow on Thursday night we had great conditions at Le Grand Montets.

We began the day by skiing many lines off the Tabe chairlift as the visibility was poor and the many trees in the area aid depth perception. In the afternoon the skies cleared and we had a great time skiing the classic runs, La Face and Glacier des Rognons.

I will add more photos from the week to the facebook page.

Off piste on Le Face. Great powder skiing yesterday.

Off piste on Le Face. Great powder skiing yesterday.

Powder Skiing at Le Grand Montets

Following fresh snow overnight down to 1000m and fresh snowfall throughout the day, there was some good skiing to be had at the Grand Montets ski area. The slopes were quiet and the lift queues short allowing a number of good off piste runs to be completed.

The Aiguille d'Argentiere during a brief clearing in the weather.

The Aiguille d’Argentiere during a brief clearing in the weather.

Crevasse Rescue and La Face

Today the weather has been challenging in the Alps with persistent snowfall and poor visibility which started yesterday afternoon. We did however have a productive day at Le Grand Montets.

We spent the first part of the day skinning out of the ski area in the direction of the Glacier d’Argentiere. Once away from any hazard presented by skiers we covered roping up for glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills.

On return to the resort we spent time skiing the fresh snow. The highlight of the day was a descent of the classic glaciated off piste run, La Face.

A low body position which greatly aids hoisting.

A low body position which greatly aids hoisting.

 

Le Grand Montets

I am spending the next eight days with Mountain Guide Graham Frost and a team from the Eagles Ski Club.  We are aiming to complete the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route.  Today, we had a warm up day at Le Grand Montets off piste skiing and reviewing transceiver and crevasse rescue skills. The snow off piste is variable depending on aspect and height. North facing aspects at altitude had good powder although some areas have been affected by recent winds.

The view today from the top of Le Grand Montets ski area.

The view today from the top of Le Grand Montets ski area.

Skiing Powder at Le Grand Montets

After the brilliant weather in Italy this past weekend the weather deteriorated on Sunday evening. It did however bring with it fresh snow. Robbo, Jon, Mikey and I made the most of this by going off piste skiing at Le Grand Montets ski area near Chamonix. We found excellent powder snow above 2300m (the top station of Le Grand Montets is at 3300 metres). Unusually for this area, there was no queues and lots of untracked powder.

Robbo, Mikey and Jon at Le Grand Montets.

Robbo, Mikey and Jon at Le Grand Montets.