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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.
Heavy Snow in the Chartreuse
The comma couloir has not been good this year. Last time in January the snow was hard and scralped in the couloir and soggy in the woods, but there was a good base and the pistes were ok.
With limited time it was back to the Aulp de Seuil and the Comma Couloir. I was somewhat concerned about the snow conditions so didn't struggle to start early. I set out at 9.
Skated over to the pistes of St Hilaire from the Col de Marcieu.
Out of the wind
With the high winds I didn't fancy touring today so decided on a the Chemin de l'Herse which I'd seen had been bashed overnight (it was covered in fresh snow yesterday).
Nice and Easy Aulp du Seuil
Nice and easy because I have a slight cold and sore throat so had to climb at a reasonable rate without forcing too much, especially as I was breaking trail.
East Couloir of the Belles Ombres
I'd skied this couloir with Luc in 2009 after a detailed reccy in 2006 both in the winter and summer. Unfortunately it was skied a few days prior to our visit.
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.
Pas du Pin in search of powder
Anny said she'd found good powder on the NW bowl of the Orionde.
Pas du Pin, East Couloir Traverse
From the Car park at Prabert follow the road then forest trail to the East to the habert d'Aiguebelle (refuge) at 1740 meters.
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