And then there were 9

Waiting for friends to arrive and an aborted tour.

20th Jan with the rest of the gang showing up that evening we decided a mini adventure to Les Contamines was in order. A deserted car park and 5 Ski Randonnee passes later found us clinging onto the vicious Button lift (Thanks to the very galant lifty who helped me and Chris but left the boys to fend for themselves) then contemplating the entry to the skin up which seemed sketchy at best due to the aspect, angle and amount of snow.

One very wise decision later justified by the significant Avalanche just along from where we were due to ski but couldn’t see from our vantage point and the rapid decline in visibility left us testing my skinning ability back up to the top of the resort to enable us to find the picnic spot and the home run.

Suitably motivated we finished the day with some Avalanche Tranceiver practice and made it home in time to fish our newly arrived friends out of the nearest bar.

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And here comes the snow.

The garden has pretty much filled up with snow by 22nd Jan.

The snow meant another day of confinement to les Houches. Plenty of fluffy stuff to be found both in and out of the trees. A very fine welcome for the new arrivals.

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Rain stopped play

21st Jan and some shenanigans in the small car park for the apartment and rescue by the friendly neighbourhood digger followed by an aborted attempt to go skiing where we wussed out .. well no-one likes to ski in the rain.

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We are now tunneling out of the front door.

A touch of Italian

The search for sun took us to Italy and Courmayeur. For sure plenty of Sun to be had and some truly terrible off piste.

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Great spot for lunch though

And to feed the Obsession with the Dru, some morning light.

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Followed by evening light on the Midi

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To be continued …. Day 17 and the quest for fresh tracks ……

Day 4 … up to our middles at the top of Les Grands Montets.

My turn for Stack of the day. Fortunately I hadn’t travelled too far from my skis.

Displaying slightly more style and panache …

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I summarise our itinerary for the Mountain geeks. Up the Plan Jordan (strangely it was deserted). To the Bochard. Warm up down half the Piste then across the mountain to find some fluff. Up the Herse and down skier’s right .. coffee, then up to the top, down the front under the rope, italian bowl, lunch at the picnic spot, Lavancher bowl, home run… Need day off!

OK I got that almost right … here’s the GPS track

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And the Dru in all her glory to welcome the evening.

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