Chamonized, chamified, stuck in paradise. The first week of 2016 definitely did not disappoint as the snow started falling on new years eve, just as predicted. The high pressure over the Alps finally diminished and gave way to a strong low that swept in from the North Atlantic Ocean, dumping over 2 meters of snow on us in just a few days. We had a day or two of sunny spells and amazing conditions in the few zones that managed to open, with high winds making the higher alpine terrain dangerous and unpredictable. That pattern is continuing at the moment with another meter and a half of snow forecasted in the next 6 days. This is definitely what the Alps needed after the extremely dry pre-season!
Right now my focus has been on skiing as much as I can, without too much filming or photographing, as I have made the mistake previous years to focus too hard on filming too early, when I really should just ski and try to get as much vert in my legs as possible, hopefully getting stronger and better for february-april which is the best months for creating content considering the light and snow conditions during that time. Been trying to find good skiing every day, and 2016 will be my first year of logging vertical meters skied! So far I’m at 30 000 meters, most of which has been epic powder…these numbers will of course change dramatically as soon as conditions allow us to explore higher parts of the Mont Blanc. So far most of the skiing has been in the trees or lower areas of Grands-Montets and Flegere. Not complaining, this past week has truly been amazing!
Before the snow arrived we used a few days of sunshine to shoot Encore clothing’s fall 2016 lookbook. Also a great time to check out a lot of lines without snow on them, that way you know where the worst rocks are when it’s go time!
And then when it started snowing, it just wouldn’t stop…silly face.
Pow turn in front of Sofia’s lens in Grands-Montets. The terrain you can access from these lifts is mind-blowing!
Another Grands-Montets shot.
More mountains photos by Sofia:
Aiguille du Blaitiere
The backside of Grands-Montets, Pas de Chevre is looking like it’s going to be a blast, very soon!
The craziest ski lift in the world, the Aiguille du Midi cable car on its way up the north face.
This is what I look like 90% of the time walking around this town. I can’t seem to take my eyes off these peaks. So many things to do, so little time!
Just one more Midi photo.
The amazingly exciting terrain of Flegere, all accessed by chairlift. This day was the highlight of the season so far!
And then another storm cycle hit, Flegere getting another half meter of snow in a day.
Sofia trying to stay dry.
Sofia finding her way to the bottom in the storm.
Snow in the village means way more snow up high!
Bonus video from some of the days I’ve taken out the gopro:
See you soon!
Today turned out to be an off day, as yet another mega dump is closing in on the valley. Here’s the forecast for the next 6 days:
number 1 on the map!
Check back soon for more, in 2 days Sofia and I will steer the van towards Tignes, for the 2016 Redbull Linecatcher! It’s going to be a blast hitting some jumps!