Grey skies but just enough light!

04 April 2013

Our luck ran out as far as the sunshine goes but we did have a ‘light-bulb’ above us for most of the morning giving us enough vis to make the most of it. I couldn’t return to the Sache/Sachette today as we’ve skied it several time over the past week so Chris and I headed up to the Motte via some nice turns off the Mont Blanc. I took the cable-car and skied the Rosolin before ‘skinning’ out and skiing across the glacier, which was excellent, and Chris joined me from underneath. We then hiked up for a little Borsat West and had some nice snow on the north facing slopes. Chris tested the Familial on the way home, thanks Chris, and reported back that it wasn’t worth it so I stayed on piste and bored my group with a half-hour of technique. It was great to ski with Harry Upton again, who I haven’t seen in years as he’s been off touring with JM and Oli. Harry brought his 18-year-old niece Izzy along and she had a good time ‘skinning’ for the first time. (As did Paul)

Andreas started off with the Couloir de Pisteur, which his team handled well, before joining Henry in the Sachette, where they had powder up top followed by some firm supporting spring snow down below. ‘Spring’ is happening at lower altitudes but without sun it remains hard, but gentle slopes such as the lower Sache are very pleasant to ski when firm, as compared to steep slopes like those found in the Tour du Charvet, which would be very uncomfortable to ski when firm. Good call boys! Thomas was back off-piste and had some nice winter snow on the north side of Mont Roup. Good to see you again Thomas!

Chris and I had a nice surprise as Russell and Charlie came by to say hello and goodbye. I haven’t seen Charlie in at least 15-years and he looked fantastic with a twinkle in his eye and it was obvious that he’s enjoying life. Both he and Russell are legendary characters in this town and we go back over 30 years, and it was wonderful to see them both.

I’m not too sure about tomorrow’s weather but sunshine or snow will do, none of this in-between rubbish! Stay tuned!

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