So we knew that having Chris, Rich Joop & Karen for the weekend was going to be action packed but not sure I was quite prepared for …
Day 75 The Col De La Fenetre Tour in les Contamines
We saw a great snake of people heading off this way when we did the Roche des Enclaves but we never really found a good opportunity to fit it in so good excuse to do it now.
A fairly easy up .. Oh my what have I become! …. a few nice turns on the top section then honestly it got pretty nasty slushy but super beautiful and great company.
Thanks to Chris for some of these fab images.
I must say was a super scenic lunch spot.
The toboggan track which was the zig zag road down to the church was an icy knee screamer in places but we all made i down in one piece.
Day 76 a failed attempt at the Valle Blanche
Thanks to it being far too popular so about face to the GM for a lap or two of the top lift and a little up close and personal withe the Glacier. Again thanks to Chris for some great shots.
it was a very fine alternative to the VB and I added some more amazing Italian Bowl ridge shots to my portfolio thanks to some very co-operative subjects.
We’re going to try for the VB again tomorrow as looks to be promising yet another blue sky day.
Day 77 better luck with the VB and ski Guide me! what could go wrong
And we’re on .. A few too many cups of coffee involving DIY by the cafe owners to get thier door open . I think we might have bee trapped inside but fortunately a bit of bodge-it and scarper drilling antics later and up the lift we go.
Oh and Joop and Karen made the Lift station square very stylish.
Do you think now was a good time to tell them I was leading the way back down?
The plan was to stick to the same route done with Olivier and Colin in Feb and it is a pretty popular one and as long as we stayed on the obvious well trodden path the risk of a FUp was minimal.
Mind you if they wanted to do the JB track they were on their own. Once in a lifetime was enough for me thanks plus I reckoned the snow would run out about half way down.
Chris & Mark pretty much ran down the Arete in their fancy crampons, Rich was the rope anchor at the back leaving me to pick my way down with Karen and Joop in between us. We all made it down big relief all round.
Again some great Arete antics shots from Chris. It always looks so crazy busy then as everyone spreads out it is much less like the M4 at rush hour than you’d think it would be.
Safely down so ….. Parallel ski, bend ze knees, follow me ….
Vallee Blanche lunch spot
A fantastic time was had by all despite the occasional icy moguls the size of small houses and no-one fell in a crevasse which was a bonus.
I found myself some new wheels back in Chamonix
And the Midi & the Dru were fine sights in the evening light.
Day 78 an apparently mini tour from Combloux
The Petit Criosse Baulet or Creme brulee as it will now be known. Crusty on the top and soft and sticky underneath.
Up the Petie Croix Bullet
And a small frantic search for passports in the car park and off to the airport they went .. I need a day off.
Fortunately the weather is due to return so fingers crossed a lazy day is on the cards.