Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Off Piste Adventures (Part 2)

Day 4 of last weeks Off Piste Adventures saw us heading for Champagny, and a trip down the petit face Nord on Bellecote - a great opportunity for the team to hone their steep skiing techniques, and put the previous 3 days work into practice!:



After lunch and the long flog back through the La Plagne lift system we headed for the Combe des Arriérés hoping to find some spring snow:



As it turned out the snow was more powder than spring!:



Friday was our last day and for something completely different we loaded up and set course for Areches-Beaufort. A quick stop in the village to stock up on Tartes au Beaufort and it was up into the lift system. A cold wind was blowing, but everyone was motivated for adventure, so we donned skins, and headed for the summit of the Grand Mont d'Areches:



On the summit of the Grand Mont, Mont Blanc behind:



Good chalky snow up high in the Combe Nord-Est:



Some "creme brulee" lower down - a wafer thin crust with heavy soft snow underneath:



Amazing hoar frost crystals by a rock:



On the ski out:



Thanks to all the team for a great week - hope to see you next year for more adventures!

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