Last week was a Climbers’ Club meet in Chamonix and there were a few club members in town to hook up with for various adventures. However, we weren’t sure the skiing would be up to much as this year as there has been very little snow. So we had prepared for what might be ideal alpine winter climbing conditions. However, as it turned out there was a large dump of snow over the first weekend of the trip, and there is nothing that beats skiing fresh powder! 😀
Although it was quite tough synchronising people’s whereabouts during the week we did manage to have a few nights out for dinner together and several days on and off the pistes together. Here are a few images from the week…
The next day saw the heaviest fresh snow, and with it’s customary poor visibility, it took us to our favourite valley venue for these conditions, the Magic Forest at Grands Montets. Rebecca and I were joined by Lorne, Chris, and Kevin from the CC gang. Laetitia stayed home for a rest as after her recent operation she was feeling the strain and wanted to take it easy rather than over do it in what can be challenging skiing off-piste in poor vis at Grands Montets.
Here’s a shot of the gang at the end of the day at the Marmottons bar. What the picture doesn’t illustrate is that Kevin, Lorne, and I were completely knackered. We had just got back after catching the bus back from Les Illes after failing to follow the right gully all the way down to the valley floor from the Magic Forest. We should have enjoyed something like the Magic Forest section of this report. Instead we had thrashed through endless forest with crap snow cover. It wasn’t great skiing, well the top half of it was, but it was a good adventures! 😉
We made a few trips to Le Tour too during the trip as it’s a great venue for fresh off-piste powder. It was great fun blasting through the off-piste area I call the “Scandi-Trap” with Lorne whooping with joy! Plus we were lucky to meet up with Rehan, President of the BMC, who lives nearby.
For a change from the Chamonix valley we headed over to Megève one day. Well, if the truth be told we had planned on a ski tour from Les Contamine but I forgot to pack our skins. Doh! I realised as we drove through Saint Gervais and so we were able to quickly repurpose the day and enjoy a glorious day above the clouds in the sunshine rampaging the extensive linked pistes of Saint Gervais – Megève area.
One feature of Megève is that there are acres of un-pisted ground easily reached with the the help of the lifts. And all of it still had deep fresh snow to enjoy. I won’t say it was untracked, it wasn’t, but it was still brilliant fun to ski! Especially as it was our first day properly out of the clouds and bathing in warm sunshine. 😀
For those who are interested in see more there are more pictures here…