Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Haute Maurienne Off Piste Adventures

I am in the Haute Maurienne this week running a course for a group from the Eagles Ski Club. We are exploring the many resorts in this valley with a mix of coaching, off-piste & touring along the way...

Sunday saw us in Val Cenis mostly in the cloud despite a good forecast (seemed to be the same everywhere!) but this gave us lots of coaching time, and we still managed to fit in a good 800m off-piste run in the afternoon in a brief clear spell.

On Monday I took the guys up to Bonneval at the head of the valley. Generally crunchy snow, but a good place to work on steeper slope technique (there are some reds here which would make some 3 Valleys blacks look easy!). In the afternoon we managed to find some good spring snow on the way down to Andagne for some transceiver training.

Today we went to Aussois in search of more spring snow. The upper Maurienne seems to have suffered a lot from the windy spells earlier in the winter, and Aussois was no exception, with alot of the close-in off-piste round the lifts being grass! We had a plan however and found some great spring snow doing lift- and skin-assisted laps of the Grand Chatelard.

Backdrop of Rateau D'Aussois & Pointe de L'Echelle:

Lunch with a view!

Great spring snow:

Pointe de la Fournache:



Big wide slopes of perfectly cooked spring snow!

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