Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Off Piste Adventures 2012

This week I am skiing with a group from the Eagles Ski Club. Alison, Paul, Dan, Rob and Susie were all back from last year, with the addition of David. From a base in Bozel we have been free to go where conditions seem best every day.

La Plagne was our first port of call on Monday and a bit of crust gave way to some perfect powder pitches before a warm and 'interesting' finish down into the valley.

On Tuesday we went back to la Plagne knowing there was a great chance the Traversee chair would open up, giving access to all the Montagne de Bellecote and Friolin runs. A couple of warm-up laps in the Rossets couloirs & Derochoir saw us up on the glacier at 1pm, just in time for the opening of the chair. As if by magic the otherwise cloudy skies cleared for a good hour, giving us some reasonable visibility for a great run down the Creux Bozon, with powder aplenty and a great finish through the trees down to les Bauches.

Today we made the journey to St Foy ("the resort which never fails to deliver") and had a great day despite the poor visibility generally. A brighter spell mid-morning was perfectly timed for a run off the Col Granier and down to la Masure. Acres of untracked snow, still very deep and very fluffy:

A visible measure of the cumulative snowfall this winter was the rooves of Le Crot - absolutely creaking under the weight of snow:

2 more days of adventure still to come!

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