Off Piste Skiing (22)
First day of winter
Surprising season. The long range weather reports in the autumn warned of a warm Jan/Feb with a return to winter in March and so it is.
Grand Plan Piste and Off Piste
Every mountain range has its resort X. A solitary lift on some deserted mountain col that leads to some hidden backcountry stash. Or so the teasers would have us believe.
3 times in the fantom village
Return to St Hils with junior.
First Phantom Village of 2016
With 65cm of fresh snow in the Chartreuse down to 1000 meters it seemed about time to attempt some of the off-pistes at St Hilaire.
Clap de fin
Season close already at St Hilaire du Touvet so we came up mainly to have lunch but also to ski a few of our favourite off pistes: Le Canyon, Upper Fantom Village, Establissements, Zombie (aka fantom)
Off piste session in St Hilaire. We did an upper and mid fantom village with a detour via some of the hospital complex where there was quite a bit of fresh snow on a humid tracked base.
Le Canyon St Hilaire
Off piste session in St Hilaire. The viz was very poor due to low cloud so we were pleased to have the Canyon to ski in. We did 3 runs. Powder on hard snow.
Pistes and Off-Pistes at Arzelier
Today tot and I decided to revisit the Col de l'Arzelier. Tot had some of his early ski experiences in this small and somewhat remote ski area.
St Hilaire off pistes
We decided to head up to the local ski area on Sunday morning. It had snowed around 15cm overnight but the weather was threatening to close in.
Start of winter?
A morning session to take advantage of the 60cm of fresh snow that fell in the Chartreuse (ok more like 20cm at 1000m altitude) with a tour of the off pistes of our local ski area at St Hilaire.
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