Friday, 4 March 2016

Vanoise variations - part 2

Despite a not very promising forecast Courchevel delivered the goods on Wednesday - I had thought we would probably be hiding in the tress most of the day but as it turned out the windows kept on opening and we spent the day putting first tracks into nearly all the Saulire couloirs - noone else seemed to be skiing anything other than the Grand Couloir!

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Thursday pulled out all the stops - 40cm of light fluffy powder, hardly anyone out skiing, and some great laps to be had in the trees. I managed to miss out on the really good photo opportunities somehow, but this one sums up the day quite well:

Friday had a groundhog day feel to it, as the cloudy skies stayed away longer than expected, and a 'reset' of the couloirs with fresh light snow offered itself to us:

Everything went a bit 'heavy' in the afternoon with a South wind humidifying the snowpack, but there is between 15 and 35 cm forecast for tonight tomorrow with a low freezing level so that should top things up nicely - avalanche risk will be high though, so lots of care will be needed out there!

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