|Annie,Jimmy,Eathen,Mark,David all complete with their "Batons d'Allain"
When the group have come all the way from Boulder Colorado to ski with you, the bar of expectation always seems to be set slightly higher. Its made more so when its the teams third consecutive trip. David and Mark returned, this time with their children.
Blue skies don't generally give good off-piste powder snow, and its just as well because we had a forecast of fog. On our first day, Saturday, in an attempt to gain some visibility and ski in the trees, we headed through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur, where there was no fog, just sunshine and very good snow conditions, the only down side was it was quite busy, it being a Sunday and the tail end of the New Year skiing. This did not stop us enjoying an excellent lunch at La Chaumiere.
The off-piste run back to the car was sublime.
On the Sunday the high season crowds were going home . But the fog was still around - so we headed down the valley to tree ski in Combloux. The skiing was absolutely fantastic.
|Quiet unique and beautiful.
On the Monday the weather was clearer and we skied for the fisrt time in the Chamonix Valley, this time at Les Grands Montets where we had good conditions, no one around and a magical lunch at the Cremerie.
|High above the clouds at Les Grands Montets
|Looking east up the Rhone Valley
|The barrage d'Emosson
|Team coming over the col du Rachasse.
|Big Seracs on the glacier du Rognan
|Mark & David about to thread their way down the side of the Argentire glacier.