Solid wifi in the apartment ghetto of Chamonix Sud is not the most reliable, hence part 2 of the last photo post has been tough to get online. Our wifi works just fine for a day or two, then it can easily pass a week before someone is called to turn the router on and off… Anyways, better late than never, I’m back on the blog!
Finally, after a high pressure that left the Alps feeling like early May, with temps in the t-shirt range some afternoons, the fluffy white stuff we all live for is falling outside my window. The precipitation started early this morning and since then it has been coming pretty much non-stop, with a freezing-line that’s steadily falling, by now way below our 1035m above sea level. I drove to Grands-Montets in the pouring rain this morning and got two fun tree runs with a friend, but you could still tell there was a nasty crust under the fresh snow. At least it was good to see the forests white again, and with this tempo I’m pretty certain we’ll have ourselves a very deep weekend!
A bunch of photos and some descriptions to go with them, hope you like!
Aiguille du Chardonnet and Aiguille d’Argentiere, just before the first high-pressure day cooked the fresh snow to a crisp.
My dad came down for a weekend to visit us and see some real mountains. He got a couple perfect piste days and some pretty amazing scenery. Here he is with Sofia at Le Tour.
The remains of our jump spot zones, seen from Le Tour. We worked this zone for almost a weeks, but the last few days definitely put an end to it, with rain all the way up to 3000 meters! I can’t wait to see it fully reset after the dump thats currently going on outside, as I have a few spots that I want to re-hit…
Sofia enjoying the morning light at Brevent.
No Cham trip is complete without seeing the Vallée Blanche. Two days ago we got a beautiful run down the Grand Envers with no other tracks. The boys were stoked to be out in some bigger terrain! Here’s Emil and I having a look at the north face. Not this time around…
Standing on the top of the Aiguille du Midi, with the Mt Blanc in the background and Chamonix town 3000 meters below us.
Emil and Morten ready for the scariest part of the run, the ridgewalk.
If you want to ski the Vallée Blanche, which itself is a blue to red run, down a gentle glacier, you first have to walk a ridge only a few meters wide and with a kilometer of darkness on your left side. Falling right isn’t really an option either. The walk isn’t bad but it’s always tough on your balance when you know what the consequences a fall could have!
Zoomed out view of the crew slowly making our way to the starting zone. The tram didn’t open until noon so there weren’t really any other skiers on the mountain, most seemed to have gone to Grands-Montets for the fresh snow that had fallen overnight. Score!
Ready to drop into some fast but fun pow!
Airy vibes on the Midi ridge.
On top of the first steep section, from here the snow was perfect for the next 700 vertical meters.
Simon Ericson with Morten behind.
Alright, time to spend another afternoon drinking coffee and eating croissants, waiting for this snow to pile up even higher! The next week is going to be pretty wild! Also, make sure to keep an eye out for some gopro footage from January, dropping soon…