Wednesday 23 January 2013

Powder, powder everywhere...

...if you know where to look :)

The weather has been really unsettled here in Cham over the last week, but we've had plenty of snow falling. Initially the weather was coming in from the south, so Italy got it first and we were left with no choice but to go and ski some nice snow and drink good coffee. Sharon and I had a great day at Courmayeur, and then Matt and I went and did 2 fantastic runs off the Helbronner the following day. Being south facing, the Helbronner can often be a bit dodgy avalanche wise, and the snow can get cooked quickly, so any opportunity to ski it in good condition needs to be taken, and it was duly done.

Sharon skiing one of the many couloirs below the Youla lift in Courmayeur

Heading back along the road to the Zerotta chair 

Matt deep in it on the Toula Glacier,



and again!

The last couple of days back in Cham have seen me skiing the Le Tour back bowls, the Pas de Chevre from the top of the Grand Montets, and the Cosmiques couloir from the top of the Midi. I've only got photos from Le Tour as I was having too much fun on the other runs, but I got plenty of headcam footage, and video blog number 2 is out on Friday with the best of the action.

In the meantime, here's the Le Tour shots. Check out Neil's grin on the second shot for an idea of the quality!