At least the sun was shining!

27 March 2017

We thought yesterday was hard work but today was much more difficult. I didn’t really want to go to the Fornet this morning but went anyway, but it turned out to be the wrong direction for totally different reasons than anticipated. I was worried about the snow being too deep and the Glacier not being steep enough to ski properly but the problem turned out to be a heat-crust that went all the way to the top of the Pisaillas. I did a couple of runs on lovely piste and worked on some technique before deciding to head to the Grande Motte. At the Motte we’d have a chance of getting a bit higher and perhaps getting above the crust, and also to have some sunny slopes where the heat-crust could warm up enough to be able to ski through it. Chris, Andreas and I all headed that way and it turned out to be a good move. The skiing was still ‘educational’ but we found some decent snow and the team did a great job leaving some pretty good looking tracks! It was without a doubt the toughest day of the season snow-wise, but the sun was shining and we couldn’t have done anything more to get the best out of the day. And that’s a decent result in the end! (see photos)

Some heat and sunshine is now needed as we need this snow to transform quickly into spring snow because the powder option isn’t going to happen this time around. I’ve haven’t seen so much ‘clean’ snow two days after a snowfall for about thirty years and that just shows how difficult it is. Yesterday wasn’t tracked because only the steepest slopes were skiable, and today the heat-crust kept people away. Stay tuned and wish us luck or tomorrow!

PS Thanks to Russell and Olivier for a fantastic evening last night!

PPS There was a terrible accident yesterday when a 18-year-old skier fell off the cliffs while trying to enter the Couloir du Moniteur. He fell through the rocks as his dad was watching and six Pisteur’s attended to him before he was taken by helicopter to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. We had a lot of people injuring themselves, and a couple who have died falling off cliffs this season.

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