Still in Chamonix after last week’s Italy adventures. We got some fresh snow the other day, and even though we really need over a meter, the 15-25cms was much needed. Had a fun storm day in Grands-Montets and followed it up with some sunny turns on the Aiguille du Midi yesterday. My ankle is still sore, so I can’t really charge anything yet. It doesn’t prevent me from getting out there though, but filming is going to be a while longer.
A little report in photos:
Looking back at the exit ridge from the top of Aiguille du Midi. Just off to my right is the north face with its hanging glacier and convoluted “routes”, that sometimes involves more climbing than skiing. Not this season…
Tof about to drop in on the Grand Envers, left of the ridge. Last year we skied this in chest deep conditions, today we had to make the windblown ankle deep work. Still a great time, and good to get an idea of where the biggest holes are.
Tof and Mati navigating the lower couloirs. We stopped for a snack on the sunlit ridge in the background and it felt like summer.
Looking back at the snack stop.
Stoked on the Clifbar for these mountain times. Lunch isn’t always an option and these keep me going all day.
The exit, in some weird cardboard-textured snow.
Looking back while on the biggest green slope in the world, the Mer de Glace. Kilometers of beginner slope, in some spectacular terrain.
As Mer de Glace finishes in a moraine 20 minutes later, a long set of stairs take you to the train station to go back around the mountain down to Chamonix. These plaques on the cliff marks the levels of the glacier over the years. It’s crazy thinking it has lost this much since even a few years after I was born. Really makes you wonder what the future holds for skiing.
Off to some dinner at my favorite restaurant in the village, MOÖ bar!