Monday, January 31, 2011

Boultons incredible organisational skills

Chris Boulton has been organising the last weekend january skiing trips for largely the same group of pals for well over 10 years. How he does it is beyond me. Normally I get involved for two days. My job is to take them off piste skiing somewhere different. Normally we add a bit of skiing touring in too.
On the Friday we headed through the Mt Blanc tunnel and skied off piste from the Courmayeur lift system on some very reasonable snow.
On Saturday we went to Le Tour and were greeted by the miserable sight of seeing a category 1 avalanche risk posted. Something I have never seen in 25 years. A "1" risk means there is no risk and therefore no new snow.
Despite this we trekked over the back using our ski touring skis and found some excellent light untracked snow through the trees.
In the afternoon we skied down the gulley from the col de Balme down to Trient village where we picked up the shuttle bus back to Vallorcine.
The descent down the gully was crap but still better than skiing round doing laps on the piste.

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