I am a few weeks behind schedule on the blog front... it is hard to believe it is over 2 weeks now since the 9th edition of the now-legendary Steep Vanoise week! Where last year we had 5 days of waist-deep powder, this year was a complete contrast with chalky snow on North faces and some sublime spring snow on the sunny sides:
Day 2: Steep, smooth spring snow you say? Oh go on then...
Day 3: Bellecote North face and a 'Brucie (or Simon) bonus':
Day 4 - perfect spring snow out behind Les Arcs:
Day 5 - a massed ascent & descent down to Le Col with both teams with some 5 star spring snow with not another track showing:
Many thanks to IFMGA Mountain Guide Dorian Labaeye who was assisting me on the coaching/guiding duties, and thanks to Jack, Amanda, Rod, Michael, Dan, Gavin, Mark, David and Pete for being 2 great teams!
See you in 2018 for the 10th birthday of Steep Vanoise - provisional dates are 12-18 March so pencil them in to your diary now!