Back towards the Crete!

09 January 2015

Last night’s forecasted snow never arrived and we awoke to clear skies and strong winds, so strong that the Pissailles Glacier was closed and the liaison with Tignes was under threat of not being able to open. I had a Swedish lad called Henrick (who’d skied with me 8 years ago with his wife) and he had rented touring gear for the morning so I thought it best to try and use it. Plan ‘A’, which was the Glacier Pers was a non-starter so I opted for something similar to yesterday and headed back up towards the Crete du Genepy, mostly to stay protected from the wind and also to make the most of the remaining sunlight as the skies were rapidly clouding over. We didn’t climb quite as high as yesterday and took a totally different route down and with good snow and spectacular skies and ambience (see photos) we had a brilliant morning. It was Ken, Mark, and Adrian’s last morning of a terrific week and I look forward to seeing them all again soon.

Meanwhile Chris headed to the Sache and Familial while Thomas skied off the Cairn and little Borsat West before finishing in the Familial. I’m not too sure what happened to Andreas but something broke his routine this morning and he arrived without his boots, jacket, gloves and lift pass! Being a true pro he somehow got himself organised and was ready to go by ‘show-time’. Great recovery Andreas!

At 2:20PM it’s totally overcast and snowing lightly so we should have a change of conditions for tomorrow. Stay tuned!

PS The avalanche risk for tomorrow has dropped to 2/5. In my opinion this is ridiculous as anything steep and virgin should be avoided and I hope people are not lulled into a false sense of security because of the 2/5 rating.

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