Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Eagles Ski Club training/tours week (Part 2)

St Foy was the venue of choice on Wednesday, and after some cunning car shuttling we had a few warm up & coaching runs off the lifts, and then set off towards the Pointe de Soliet & Col de l'Argentiere:

Early lunch on Pointe de Soliet:

A hot traverse & skin on the South side took us to the Col de l'Argentiere, from where we got back into some good soft powder:

This route rejoins the steeper North face routes above Les Savonnes before heading down the "icy path of doom' back to La Masure, from where a couple of car laps saw everyone comfortably installed at the Auberge du Monal for some post-match refreshment!

On Thursday we stayed close to home, and took the funicular up into the Les Arcs area. This was undoubtedly the busiest resort of the week so far, with big queues for many of the lifts, even with ski school priority!

The original plan to drop off the Grand Col down to Villaroger was swiftly shelved when soft shady snow was spotted below the Aiguille du St Esprit shoulder...

Rod enjoying some soft snow:

A good steady pitch:

Despite getting afternoon sun the slopes lower down gave good skiing right down to the Commune d'en Bas:

A short skin after lunch took us onto the Crete des Lanchettes, where we found some unexpected bonus turns down to Deux Nants:

Ed does some snowpack exploration:

The week was wrapped up with a trip over to la Plagne and down the North face of Bellecote on good chalky snow (no pics due to camera being left at home!).
Thanks to Rod, Nic, Tania, David, Neil & Ed for their company all week. Lots of good progress all round, and some great snow in the bargain as well...

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