Sunday 29 April 2012

Late season powder in Chamonix

I managed to sneak in a long weekend out in Chamonix last weekend, heading out with Cat and Nigel to catch up with Chris and Kat who were finishing off their Euro road trip with a ski season.  The light weight touring skis were all set to go in anticipation of a social few days with some nice spring time ski touring up high in the mountains but at the last minute with big late season snow falls it was the fat skis that got chucked on the aeroplane at Liverpool.

After three days of skiing great powder with fresh tracks off the Midi and Grand Montet I had actually for once made the right kit choice!  The viability wasn't the best all the time  but it did clear up to give us blue skies and sun for a great descent in untracked powder down the Valley Blanch, we decided to go down the Gros Rognon and although not the steepest of pitches gives some great wide open slopes that you can let rip on.

It was great to be in the mountains and back on skis for the first time in over a year and thanks to Chris and Kat for arranging some great conditions!  It was also the first chance I had to try out my Scarpa Mobes on a pair of big ski's to see how they performed.  I've been after a pair of 'do it all' ski boots for a while and was really impressed with how these handled a pair of fat and stiff skis in heavy chopped up snow as well as light powder, pretty much felt I could ski them the same as if I'd had proper stiff pair of freeride boots on.  

The skiing was too good to get the camera out much but here's a few shots form last weekend.

Enjoying the great snow conditions on the Gros Rognon (photo - Nigel Pick)

Cat heading down the Gross Rognon with the Dent du Geant poking out of the clouds

Nigel taking a 'rest' while Michelle enjoying the snow

1 comment:

  1. This year we were so lucky to have so much powder. Thank God I had great time skiing and I am expecting the next ski season hotly :)

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