A much tougher day but decent skiing!

11 February 2013

Unfortunately the Foehn wind started to blow last night and this morning it was cold, windy and grey, making for a much trickier day. A few flakes fell overnight, which helped enormously in places as a little fresh snow, mixed with wind, smoothed over the surface leaving a clean and pleasant feeling underfoot. It was just Chris and I this morning and we warmed up off the Verte before skiing a great run in the lower Borsat. From there we took the Funicular to ski a lovely 125-turn pitch on the Rosolin before ‘skinning’ back out. We managed a few bonus turns across the glacier en route to the Combe des Lanches, which unfortunately was rougher underfoot than anticipated and not the best. Next up was the Col du Palet, which had some lovely snow followed by a few turns across the meadows under the Balme, and we finished with the Familial, which has been ruined by the wind. Bummer as the Familial has been superb for quite some time and a great finish to many a morning.

Henry was doing one of his HAT days and I’m not too sure where he ended up. Henry and Chris R did another Live Broadcast last night, and if you missed it there’s a link on his website.

A few flakes are floating about, which is going to help, and more snow is forecast over the next few days. With the strong wind last night today the avalanche forecast has gone from 2 to 3/5, but it is an ‘active’ three as compared to the fairly stable 3/5 that we’ve been dealing with over the last week or so. Chris and I kicked out two little plaques today that we knew were ready to go but it’s the first time in a while that slopes have triggered so easily and the risk levels have definitely changed, especially on ridges and cols at altitude on the lee side. Watch out and stay tuned!

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