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Chamonix France

top of the Telepherique on the auguille du Midi

top of the Telepherique on the auguille du Midi

The snow gods love to play the game of temptation. When you know you shouldn’t, they make it the most compelling to try.

Perfect weather never lasts

Perfect weather never lasts

Once you have put all the time into planning, training and juggling a ski trip it is best when the weather cooperates. Well on this past trip to Chamonix there were times with perfect weather and great powder, and there were times when you should not have left the hotel.

First the weather was good but the skiing was poor, a long period of high pressure had sun baked the snow and cold nights froze it into NH pack powder (if you don’t what I mean you have not skied NH and looked at the ski report). Once the Haute route attempt was under way Dave Warfield and myself longed for the sunny skies with icy conditions. What we had was 16 inches of powder being blown from the northwest cross loading slopes and causing a white out. With GPS in hand I broke trail. We pushed it as far as delusion would take us until we realized that we were moving too slow and the slow ahead were dangerous.

glaciers have crevasses you must ski over.

glaciers have crevasses you must ski over.

skins off heels locked!

skins off heels locked!

Turning around is a tough thing but when unstable snow pack is the main reason, well there is a little more comfort since it is a safety thing. The next choice is what next? Our options were to taxi around and start anew further down the tour or go back to Chamonix and sort out some day tours. We chose the day tour since Dave had already done the taxi variation.

Once again our tour was cut short by shooting cracks striking out from my ski tips as I broke trail towards the col du Crochues. The consolation was powder skiing in bounds. Not a bad option. Dave and I did not complete the Classic Haute route from Chamonix to Zermatt but we had a good adventure and plenty of GPS travel.

leaving the Midi station

leaving the Midi station

at least we can see a little.

at least we can see a little.

The weather continued to heckle us and Dave headed home to the States. I got a few more days of skiing in and another trip down the Vallee Blanche with some folks from Vermont.

lunch break at the Requin Hut

lunch break at the Requin Hut

Next year will find MAA back over in France probably for a longer period of time with more adventures to be had.

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