Good luck Jean Marc!

04 April 2011

I don’t have too much to report today as Radio Val announced +7C in the village this morning. Our only hope was up high, and it was a 50-50 call, either the Grande Motte or the Pissaillas Glacier. We all decided to head to the Fornet hoping it froze enough at that altitude to ski the Pays Desert, and at the Gourmandine it looked a little brighter Fornet-way. Anyway, we arrived in a fog and after testing the snow the signs weren’t good so for the first time in years I spent the morning doing technique. We stayed out until 12:30 and it turned out to be a productive morning, although we didn’t get far off-piste.

Jean Marc headed to the Refuge des Fours for the night with Jo H, her husband David who is new to touring and another friend. As they say, bonjour Dave!

I spent the afternoon down in Chambery with Gill as we went to visit a foot specialist to see if we can get her boots sorted. Fingers crossed! Thanks Tamsin for taking care of the girls, as usual, they seem to love it at your place.

It turns out that yesterday’s massive avalanche on the steep bottom slope of the Vallonnet was triggered by skiers. It makes everyone feel better that it didn’t go unprovoked, but at 11:30 in the morning on an exposure that was still supporting well, you have to feel sorry for those involved as it would have been a frightening experience.

It’s clearer tonight so hopefully we’ll get a good re-freeze and be able to get off-piste on gentle slopes tomorrow.

And Happy Birthday to you Kiera!

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