Thursday, April 23, 2009

Good Spring Skiing

After the mega melting the conditions stabilized and we got some good spring skiing conditions. Reuben and Antony Berg skied at Les Grands Montets. The next day we went up the Aiguille du Midi and skied the magnificent Enver du Plan which was in great condition.
On our third day we did the classic Chamonix ski tour the col du Berard again getting a great spring snow descent. It was particularly satisfying fr me because I was asked by a visiting American Guide if I was in fact the author of the Mark the Mountain Guide Books?! I almost felt famous.
Antony had to leave for work commitments which was a pity because it snowed 30cm. Reuben and I had planned to go hut to hut ski touring but had to make do with powder skiing

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Snow has vanished

Well from having one of the best snow seasons for years and talk of the season going on for ever the snow has gone from the valley and we are now mowing the grass.
Since the last post I have been flat out and have totally overlooked the blog. I have been doing a mixture of things. I spent two days with Francis Bridgeman and many of his relatives. We had very good skiing off the top of Grands Montets and learning how to use Avalanche safety equipment. We then had a very good descent of the Valley Blanche.
Next Andrew Montgomery joined me for four days skiing. We had a couple of days skiing off piste and a couple of days ski touring. One from the lift system at Les Contamines and another in Combloux.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Florence does it again

Florence Seaton won the Chamonix mini Coup beating her best friend Erica into second place. Florence was in 2nd place after the first run , but came back with a stunning second run to clinch first place by 700th of a second!