Thursday, March 16, 2017
Sunday, March 05, 2017
Friday, March 03, 2017
The Grand St Bernard Monastery is right at the bottom bit of the red section on the avalanche danger map. This was to have been our goal. We were due to skin up the road and spend the night. A goal Marco and Laura and I had had in the diary for several months. Yet with an avalanche forecast like the one above the decision was simple. We needed a plan B. Instead we climbed the wonderful L'Arpille . Laura and Marco invited their friends Jess and Matt , both who were new to ski touring. The Arpille is a very good choice because it is both safe from avalanches and offers spectacular views.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
It continues to be grey and wet in the Chamonix valley caused by almost continuous Foehn winds . Yet the conditions in Italy have produced some of the best powder skiing I have seen in years. Chris Dovell and Lia Heisters joined me for three days. On our first day we skied the trees which lead down to the Petit St Bernard road, then down through the meadows in knee deep fluffy snow. The next day Chris and I explored Courmayeur. Chris has skied in Courmayeur a lot, but I still managed to find him some descents he hadn't made before. To be safe I asked him to throw 50 meters of Dymeena cord in his bag in case we got "Cliffed Out." Anyone stupid enough to be suckered into following our tracks thinking they would get good skiing would have got some amazing skiing , but a whole lot more too.