Monday, 28 December 2009

Powder in the mist

With a fast-lowering cloud-base today didn't look like a great day for being out & about off-piste, but turned into a great day...
In the morning we headed into Les Avals by the safe traverse option from Roc Merlet, avoiding the loaded slopes under the top of Pyramides button.. The top slopes needed a bit of 'braille skiing' but visibility soon improver and Keith & Claire enjoyed making first tracks all the way to the valley bottom.

After the usual efforts getting out of Les Avals and a bit of close-in playing in 1650 we headed back over towards Mottaret and dropped into the Petite Rosiere - again fresh tracks all the way, with 20cm of powder over a firm base giving good skiing right down to the road crossing:

With Claire's legs feeling the days activities she retired gracefully, while Keith & I headed up Olympique and along the ridge for the classic Raffort run from Roc de Fer - again care is currently needed on the approach - best to contour left of the Roc de Fer... our efforts were rewarded with first tracks all the way to the bottom again - its definitely thin lower down, but with a bit of care a smooth way through can be found.

High temperatures and lots of rain are predicted for the next few days sadly, which will seriously affect the snowpack, and leave some very unstable conditions..

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