Waiting for a fresh canvas!

02 January 2015

Early in the season when we were enjoying some fantastic skiing there was a melt-freeze/rain-crust-type layer that supported and kept us off the rocks. But after a month with very little snow and some cold temperatures that support layer has disappeared and been replaced by gobelet, and all of a sudden we’re dropping straight through the snow and have no protection from the underlying rocks and the skiing can be quite tricky. There is a light support layer between 10 and 15cm’s under the surface, but with very little pressure you drop through and it’s unsettling to say the least. It feels like the snowpack has collasped and I had whomp noises all morning long, and feel that the snowpack is weakening and it won’t take too much weight to set off some slopes, either weight from skiers in the wrong place or a fresh snowfall. Between the underlying rocks and the rotten base there is plenty to think about at the moment.

After the wind compacted the snow during our last snowfall we’ve been counting on the cold nights to lighten the snow, making it a little looser and easier to ski each morning. As the surface has been improving the base has been rotting away and suddenly we’re confronted with hollow, baseless snow. This gobelet layer isn’t quite everywhere but when you run into a slope of it one needs to either ski with finesse, be extremely light, or a combination of the two. (Horribly fat skis would probably help as well) Anyway, I skied this type of snow on the Little Borsat West today and hats off to Penny who skied it really well. Bravo Penny!

It’s JM’s last day today before he returns home for five days, then he’s off with Olivier to Switzerland touring and plans to return here in April. Have fun in the meantime boys!

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