Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Windy weather

Today I met up with Patch, Sam & Olly for a day's touring.
Despite a forecast of strong Foehn winds the morning didn't look too bad!

With Chanrossa chair shut a detour via a few extra lifts took us to the top of the Roc Merlet chair, where we headed off in search of adventure in Les Avals... With no track in place a short skin took us onto a very windy Merlet shoulder from where we dropped down through variable snow to the Plan du Vah.
Time for a spot of early lunch out of the now strengthening wind:

An hour or so of skinning got us onto the Col des Saulces and we headed off in search of powder (or something!) in the Combe des Roches.
Sam leads the team:

Up high the snow was (not surpisingly) very variable, with some nice wind-compacted snow interspersed with harder patches. As we dropped lower onto more sheltered slopes the snow gradually softened up, finally giving some great powder turns through the trees.
Olly enjoying the soft snow:

Well done to all the team for braving the weather, here's hoping for kinder conditions next time!

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