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It is nigh on impossible to ski !!

Top lifts shut I went to 2,400m

The snow is so heavy, snow boarders having to walk, skiers at a standstill when venturing off piste.

It's tragic, all that lovely snow and it's fecked, well the off piste at least.

Was meant to be with a guide again today (that's four times now the weather has beaten me), and he's still optimistic about tomorrow having breakfast here but I'm not so sure. Even with a clear night don't think it will suck the necessary moisture out.

Another Guide texted me asking me what weather was like here as it was raining heavy in La Grave!

It's not been a good week if you're a FreeRider etc but hey ho looking good for the Spring Cool

I've been buzzing my drone do will see what the footage is like and if good make a vid.

Saw some real crazy sights on the road back and forth from super market in Briancon!

Girl here who is renting in our building is a Brechu very old family in Le Bez, and was having a chat with her, and this is the most snow she's ever seen in the valley!
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Little drone vid


http://youtube.com/v/ajGB64sQzXw
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The PM was just fine .... even dried out! Shade of spring skiing on the wet snow.

Still - never seen such a range of weather in one day!

Le Royale for a few apres drinks finished a day of ups and downs!
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Monday's forecast looking interesting. Arriving Friday night for 2.5 days skiing. Sit ski training Saturday with ESF then skiing on Sunday and Monday. If anyone around for a ski Sunday happy to meet up. Monday likely to skin Montgenevre.
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@dan100, arriving Sunday but probably too late to ski.
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@Hells Bells, you hope you're arriving !!!

http://www.meteociel.fr/previsions/1900/la_salle_les_alpes.htm
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@Weathercam, yep. Have a close eye on it.
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Went up the hill circa 11:45 with friends who have been staying with us and have not exactly had a good week (apart from Tuesday and Guibertes Couloir). In fact we had a guide booked for Wed-Fri and that came to nothing as it was not worth it with the bad and dangerous conditions.

The snow looked really weird going up in the lift, pocketed with holes and deep ripples and I thought off piste would be a nightmare.

However on going up Vallons the snow to the right of the lift did not look too bad and people were sort of skiing it and was quite untracked so gave it a go and was not too bad

Ended up doing three runs and was certainly better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick and as we were up at lunchtime was empty.

And then finished off with a couple of demis in the Pi Mai.

You can see the state of the snow at Pi Mail altitude - it was half way up the Vallons it was way better, should have taken another photo rolling eyes



And zoomed in. Those are not moguls, that's the effect of the rain and warm temps!


And should add pistes were perfect though in a few of the normal places getting a little icy with the large number of holiday skiers.
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@dan100, arriving Sunday but probably too late to ski.


Actually arriving Friday 12th, all day course, Saturday 13th and then free ski in SC on 14th and 2/3 day somewhere probably Montgenevre on way back to turin Monday 15th.
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dan100 wrote:
Monday's forecast looking interesting. Arriving Friday night for 2.5 days skiing. Sit ski training Saturday with ESF then skiing on Sunday and Monday. If anyone around for a ski Sunday happy to meet up. Monday likely to skin Montgenevre.


Maybe ask the guy you're staying with, heard he likes the odd ski Laughing
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Hi there. What with all this weather, is the Col du Lautaret open this weekend? Driving over Saturday. Do you need chains or are winter tyres ok?

Thanks!
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@eversolazy, Saturday is fine, winters will be ok, Sunday is what you have to worry about, chains may be useful in resort, 90cm forecast sun/mon...
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Great, thanks.
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Could not resist going up the hill today as could see they were really empty and had been groomed to perfection, and it was sunny!

Took CDB chair and we decided to head over to Briancon taking in the Aiguillette chair.

There were not too many people around and down to the Aiguillette twas deserted and pistes in great condition, though off piste a big No NO.

Once back at the top of the Prorel chair we dropped down to mid station via the Chemin scoping out potential lines for when conditions are better for off piste.

I had my GPS on and you can see the lifts we took and for some new to Serre you can also see how long it takes though we do not tend to stop that much. And ironic in that there were some Brits in a bar last night on holiday and they asked how long it would take to get over to Briancon and I replied that I had no idea!

So from Casse du Boeuf chair to Briancon 1hr 28



Actual activity so so can see map and timings etc https://www.strava.com/activities/1343511115
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KenX wrote:
dan100 wrote:
Monday's forecast looking interesting. Arriving Friday night for 2.5 days skiing. Sit ski training Saturday with ESF then skiing on Sunday and Monday. If anyone around for a ski Sunday happy to meet up. Monday likely to skin Montgenevre.


Maybe ask the guy you're staying with, heard he likes the odd ski Laughing
definitely up for that though your skiing looks a tad extreme
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Weathercam bet half of that was the time coming back up aquilette. Slow chair
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@dan100, it is slow but so worth it. Made it here about 12.30 .
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2 great runs I agree.
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So far we've totally missed out on the forecast whilst Monty and Sauze has scored really well Sad

I'm thinking of ski touring Cervieres to Monty maybe Wed
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@Weathercam, I was wondering where it went.
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Another dud forecast overnight that did not deliver from the looks of things as earlier this morning when I could see up the hill there was no fresh snow on the trees higher up.

Now cloud level is around 1500 so don't know what's going on but I suspect rain to about 1800 difficult to tell from the webcams at altitude.

Webcams at Montgenevre / Prali / Bardonecchia looking better.

Have to finish tax off this morning and might go for a pootle up the hill after to take a look, however not too inspiring at the moment Sad
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@Weathercam, definite rain at 1500, and everywhere's like a skating rink. Even the dogs couldn't cope. J's gone to find the Rud shoe chains, although that won't help the dogs much.
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@Hells Bells, nigh on snowing here now and temps +2 ????

Further edit - gone back to rain now
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Snowing quite hard here.
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Raining here (1200m) but snow on trees opposite at ~1500m..............
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Cloud cleared again and can see snow on trees - will go up around Noon to take a look.

@KenX, look at Retour Est thread and what I'm thinking about Wed maybe
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Well that was an interesting outing!

Went up the hill and snow line was just below top of the Frejus Gondola 1950m and did look around 10cm.

Headed straight up Vallons and was semi cursing that I'd not gone out earlier as I could "see" that there was some good skiing that had been had!

Decided to hike the ridge past the BBQ pontoon and the weather closed in, and I really mean closed in. As I took my skis off and started hiking snow was deep and no one had walked it and there was additional accumulation transported by the wind.

Viz was so bad that when I put my skis on I was having to almost snow plough and I was having second thoughts as to how sensible I was being, on my own and no avy sack etc and a suspicious wind loaded lip. In the end common sense won and I hiked back to the piste and that was quite tough to ski down in viz less than 5m.

Weather has been coming and going all day and as I write this I can see straight to the top of Clot Gauthier!!

Oh well back on the bike in the garage shortly.
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Early evening rain seems to have turned to big snow flakes.
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Looks like it snowed all night. Can't see the lift, and it's 200m away.
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Website report 60cm at top Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy , 25 cm at mid station Very Happy Very Happy and only 5cm in the valley Very Happy .
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Wow, seems like there's a lot of snow about at the moment. Smile
I'm a boarder and arriving in Serre Chev on 20th Jan, very tempted to buy a specialist powder board. Do people think Off Piste will be accessible by then?
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@BristolAds, no stay with what you have and if it snows again, make do with it.

Today I've seen people ripping on all types of board, bad workman etc etc

That said when I boarded I had a 198 Rossignol Undertaker, google that Cool

Twas a truly classic Monetier morning, empty pistes with knee deep powder and then the trees, pics and vid to follow Cool
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Weathercam. Would imagine you would have even enjoyed skiing the pistes this morning.
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@BristolAds, no stay with what you have and if it snows again, make do with it.

Today I've seen people ripping on all types of board, bad workman etc etc

That said when I boarded I had a 198 Rossignol Undertaker, google that Cool

Twas a truly classic Monetier morning, empty pistes with knee deep powder and then the trees, pics and vid to follow Cool


I understand anything will do and I have a Capita DOA which is not awful in the powder, but some of the pow specific boards have a lot more float and a much more surfy feel than my DOA. I'm going to invest in a board which feels like this anyhow, was just wondering whether people think (appreciate it'd be a bit of a guess at this stage) I'll have the conditions to make the most of it in a couple of weeks.

Wow, 198! What a beast, that thing really is like a surfboard... did it have the fin on the bottom as well!? NehNeh

Thanks for your response Weathercam, much appreciated. Look forward to seeing your pics and vids Smile
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@dan100, we did enjoy skiing the nigh on deserted pistes this morning.

First down the Clot Gailllard and then we more or less had Chaume to ourselves doing three laps taking the Etoile drag.

Then to finish the morning off it was the Cretes des Lauzieres.


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Thanks for the weather checks. Flying tomorrow afternoon, 1st ski Thursday @ PSV. Hoping all will be good for us to get out!!!
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@dan100, we did enjoy skiing the nigh on deserted pistes this morning.

First down the Clot Gailllard and then we more or less had Chaume to ourselves doing three laps taking the Etoile drag.

Then to finish the morning off it was the Cretes des Lauzieres.


http://youtube.com/v/MwZ0gP4cEDU


Looks great, I'm getting excited now.
Thanks again for the updates, I'll be checking in daily Smile
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@Weathercam, nice one Very Happy
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Out of the house a tad later than usual and headed up to Montier again as Cibouit was open even though Eychauda drag was open for the first time this season.

One run off Cibouit and then the little traverse to get back to the chair and then another Cibouit and this time skiing similar route to my little incident in the trees last season.

Run out down Tabuc was none too pleasant best option me thinks is to skin back up to the chair, probably faster and get a better line, though be it a tad shorter as most that ski there do not want to end up just down from the lift.


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@dan100, arriving Sunday but probably too late to ski.


Actually arriving Friday 12th, all day course, Saturday 13th and then free ski in SC on 14th and 2/3 day somewhere probably Montgenevre on way back to turin Monday 15th.


For some reason, I thought you were here last weekend. Will be about on Sunday, so can certainly catch up.
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