Currently on an enforced layoff from skiing in sunny Tuscany on family-in-law duties, but thought I would post some photos from late last week to show conditions in the Haute Tarentaise - still loads of snow to play on in the Haute Tarentaise/Haute Maurienne/Gran Paradiso area for ski tourers who haven't yet had their fill.
There are also good first-hand reports coming in from the Bernese Oberland area as well as the vicinity of the Grand Combin - the touring season isn't over yet despite the dry winter!!
Ginny skinning round to the Col de L'Ouille Noire:
Nice spring snow on the East facing slopes behind:
A short sin & bootpack took us over the Col du Montet and onto the slopes below the Gros Caval:
Nice dusting of soft snow on a firm base for the first few hundred metres vertical:
Then onto good spring snow:
Great skiing all the way down to the Prariond hut:
Best to take a pair of trainers to enjoy the walk out through the Gorges de Malpasset along the summer path...:
...and not take the 'skiing out through the Gorges' option!: