Now that was interesting!

23 January 2016

A few flakes of snow fell overnight giving the piste a little extra cushion but we needed to deal with a punchy southerly wind that had worked the snow during the night. TJ went off to ski the Col des Fours while Chris and I headed to the Sachette, and we ended up with more adventure than we’d bargained for! Getting to the little Col above the couloir was interesting enough but once there neither of us was keen to traverse the huge build-up of snow guarding the entrance to the Sachette. I ‘skinned’ back to check out the Hour-glass shaped couloir to the right and then into the main couloir to have a good look. It had purged itself all the way down past the end of the couloir so we decided to ski in the soft debris. It wasn’t the best snow of the week but it was a good ‘travelling safely in the mountains’ exercise and I thought it was jolly good fun.

Towards the end of the morning a nasty little cloud rose up from the valley and came into play at the bottom of the Sache. Fortunately we skied below it quite quickly but it did prohibit us from finishing off in the Familial. (See photos)

Thomas had the day off while Andreas was skiing with his family to Italy for lunch, and Henry had an initiation to touring day.

The Hammers have a tough one today against Man City who’ll be seeking revenge for our early-season upset. Hopefully the Upton Park faithful can spur them on to a point or three! Stay tuned!

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