Day 31 and beyond …

Far flung Alpha Rich.

Our Hot Air Ballooning buddy better known as Alpha Rich joined the party on Monday having Hot footed it across from Chateau D’Oex Ballon Festival. We occupied ourself in Les Houches as the weather was a bit on the claggy side and trie out the fine hot chocolate in the lovely vielles luges which is for sale apparently .. anyone have a spare million quid?

The most important thing once Rich had arrived was to update his ski style by a supervised shopping trip into Town.  One brilliant find of a Norrona coat in the Snell sale and a pair of Hagloff pants saw him cutting a fine blue & red dash on the slopes on Monday.


Oh and we now have a hot air ballon occupying our parking space at the apartment.

Day 31 back at Brevant with the Sunshine.


Day 32 and nice coffee calls, so off to Italy and Courmayeur we go…

Good choice to go through the tunnel today as we escaped the clag in Chamonix to find sunshine, great coffee and some bonus fluffy stuff from the Youla lift and the Gabba trees. Rich decided the trees snow warranted closer inspection.

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Day 33 chilly and cloudy La Tour.

No fluffy off piste to be found but some atmospheric skylines & frozen trees.

Spooky light
Steve & Rich
Frozen trees
The road to Vallorcine

But home in time to catch some picturesque clouds on the Dru


Day 34 … Day off and marmite .. Yuck

love it or HATE IT!

Day 35 … to the top!

!0th of February and the Sun came back so nothing for it but to head to Les Grands Montets and make a beeline for the top.

Incredible clear skies and amazing views with a brave paraglider navigating the front face slopes.

This was the first time we’d been up to the top since the human powered efforts of day 17 and Rich enjoyed the bumps created by a skier or two since then on the black at the back.

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In an attempt to finish Rich off we took him down the giant bumps on the Italian Bowl, The man has no fear .. masterfully navigated.

Pop back later for the next instalment … The last Days (not literally) of Rich & Steve..

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