Thursday 8 January 2015

Col de La Pare, Alpe d'Huez & more La Grave.

After a great day on the La Grave lift, we decided to go for a tour on Tuesday and headed up towards the Pic des 3 Evêchés, high above the Col du Lautaret.

We weren't sure what to go for but eventually decided to go to the Col just to the left of the peak. The snow wasn't what it might have been in places but some of it was good, there were amazing views and we generally had a fun day in a wild place.

Matt approaching our lunch spot.

Our col. 

Just the bare essentials in Matt's bag.

Quick beer at the Col.

Stunning evening views.

Matt on the ski down. 

The next day we had another day back on the La Grave lift and did the Trifide couloir, a few runs down the Vallons and a couple of laps of the Girose glacier. As on Monday, most of the snow was superb chalk, with just the odd bit of crust chucked in.

Tom and Matt in the Trifide.

Tom on the Girose.

La Grave in a nutshell. Big mountains, incredible terrain and one lift.

A final run down the Girose.

The door on the lift failed to close on the way down from the mid station, making for a stomach churning view!

Matt was like a kid who'd got a puppy for Christmas when he saw that the Hotel Castillan, 50 metres from the lift, had Warsteiner on draft.

With one day left down south, the touring options weren't looking too tempting and, amazing as La Grave is, we'd done pretty much everything that's in condition right now. A day on the piste looked the best option so we headed up to Alpe d'Huez and had a really fun time ripping around some busy pistes. 

Off piste options were limited in Alpe d'Huez!

I'm now back in Cham, busily studying the forecasts like everyone else. Some sites reckon we're due a big dump but others say it will just be a dusting. Hope it's the former!