Wow, what a day!

07 April 2009

Wow, what a day! It was cold enough overnight to give us a decent re-freeze and the sun appeared and stayed with us most of the day. So much for forecasts! A foehn wind blew all-day long, up to 50kph in exposed places, but for the most part it helped as it cooled the snow and kept us afloat all morning long. Andreas skied an excellent Mont Roup while Chris and I ‘skinned’ to the Crete du Genepy and we all had superb spring snow. We all then joined Thomas and Henry, who were skiing ‘classic’ Val d’Isere spring and we had some great skiing off the Cugnai and the Marmattons. Henry and I ended up finishing around 1:30PM as another Cugnai just needed to be done. You can easily forget how big and impressive those Arselle/Cugnai slopes are from the top, and there is no doubt that you want to stay on your feet as falling over isn’t really an option. Jean Marc did a couloir off the Motte and then ‘skinned’ up to the Col de la Sana, and again he also enjoyed excellent snow. David B is having a wonderful time and is in his element because although he loves his powder, he also enjoys to ‘work’ his skis and today’s snow was perfect for that. Gideon is also enjoying the big slopes and is being pretty brave as he suffers mildly from vertigo, and for those who are affected it can be very debilitating, Bravo Gideon! The forecast is for a few flakes above 2000metres before it clears during the night and hopefully gets cold enough to give us another great ‘spring’ day again tomorrow.

PS. We’ll be thinking of TJ tomorrow as it’s the 2nd anniversary of his avalanche.

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