Wonderful views and great snow!

31 March 2011

It didn’t snow overnight and instead of an overcast morning the sun was out in full force and no one was complaining. Yesterday’s warmth, especially in the afternoon made for some tough decisions this morning but we all headed up to the Fornet looking for some powder with spring exposures as a back-up. As it turned out we had a nice mix of powder snow and spring and it was another good morning with outstanding scenery.

Chris, Andreas and I had a little touch of spring before heading way out into the Pays Desert and the only exposure that worked powder-wise was dead north, or slightly east of north and as soon as we ran out of slopes in those directions we needed to play with exposures to find supporting spring snow. The landscape was stunning and really appreciated by Mark and Tony who were skiing with us for the first time.

After an excellent trip in the Pays Desert we headed over the Col for some powder up high before turning to spring and the skiing was pretty good from the Grand Torsai to the bottom as well, which is always a result!

If anyone is interested in the Val d’Isere Legends (not called that anymore), similar to Chris’, the shop is selling them at 30% off, which brings them down to under 300 Euros. For anyone not wanting to go down the ‘fat’ ski route and is wanting a solid piste ski, which is also great off-piste, these skis are a real bargain. Andrey our Russian friend and Rob (Johnny Alpine’s son) both have bought some this week and are extremely happy with them.

There was a big avalanche again today above the Glacier Express Chair on the Tete du Solaise. As far as I know one person was rescued and evacuated by helicopter. It gets tiring going on about steep slopes, especially with the history of what’s gone on here this winter, so I’m not going to bother.

It clouded over this afternoon and we may get a few flakes here and there but not enough to change conditions, and a couple of extremely warm days are forecast for tomorrow and Saturday. Watch out!

PS. I’ve just walked back from Jean Sports and it’s raining quite hard so we’ll probably get more snow than expected upstairs. Yahoo!

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