Sunday, 20 February 2011

Snow & other things...

I have just returned from a week in & around Samoens for the final assessment of the International Mountain Leader award.
Half-term madness has just begun here in the 3 Valleys, and the good news is that it was snowing today - thought only for a grand total of 10cm or so of fresh at resort level. Still, better than nothing, and it has certainly put a smile on a few folks faces!

As to snow conditions, well we have certainly seen better, though in the Tarentaise it is far from the catastrophe the press would have everyone believe. It is always interesting to hear people's interpretations of the snow conditions however - last weekend, having just finished a 6 day off-piste course in Chamonix where we spent 90% of our time off piste skiing some pleasant chalky snow and some great bumps, I chatted to a Geneva-based Brit who had been up in Chamonix where "obviously there was no off-piste at all"... no powder maybe, but more off-piste than you can shake a stick at! Each to their own...

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