Back to the Fornet!

30 April 2010

The horrible day that was forecast never happened and we were blessed with a decent freeze and lovely sunshine this morning. I debated between Tignes and the Fornet but decided on the Fornet as Paul W’s friend Peter had never been to Val d’Isere, and with today being possibly the last of the sunshine this season and if you’re afforded only one look, the Fornet is the place to be. We started out with a nice Pays Desert way-out wide and Derek mentioned he’d never been that far out before. From there we went over the Col for a fantastic Col Pers and we then cut right and skied down towards the refuge before walking out on the summer path. It was getting fragile towards the bottom but we made it without finding ’quick-snow’, but another twenty-minutes or so and it would have been tricky. Andreas ’skinned’ up towards the Gros Cavel with Peter C and Cormac and they had a great ski down to the refuge as well before joining us on the summer path. Stephen, Kaye and I savoured our third dandelion salad in the past five days while Derek, Peter, Paul, Peter C and Cormac went to Les Tufs to warm-up for Colin’s arrival this evening. I feel sorry for Peter who felt rough enough this morning and he’s never had the pleasure of Colin’s company on a ‘boys’ weekend! The forecast for tomorrow is for grey skies with light rain down low and light snow above 2500m’s, but they missed today’s forecast by a mile so wish us luck!

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