70cm of fresh snow at St Hilaire. We skied the Phantom Village right down to the road taking a slight variation we hadn't done before following the ch. du Plan - which is much more open.
With a thaw predicted for next week and fairly thin snow cover I thought it was time to revisit a little mountain I'd not skied on the NW side since 2010.
From the col de Mouilles follow the road (closed in the winter) towards the Pré Marcel.
Lunch training on the Green Sagnes piste of le Sappey. Better snow compared to Monday - a bit colder, in fact very cold and better preparation. The icy sections were retracked.
Short ski tour to check out the conditions. Not too bad in the end. Destructured snow where it is shady - west bowls of the Grand Rocher. NE face of the Grand Rocher.
Very cold with a biting wind from the north. I parked right next to the Nordic ski tracks. Snow was a bit soft, needs to compact a bit more; sometimes the pole would sink in to ground level.
Given the 40 cm of snow that fell in town it was a chance to tour to the Manival valley directly from the front door. There were already a lot of tracks from snow shoers from this AM.
After the foehn the conditions were not inspiring with little snow visible below 2100 meters.
From le Pleynet, climb the ski trail to the combe du Pra. Climb the bowl to the south to the col du Pra via the easiest couloir. The cime de la Jasse is 50 meters to the west.
As I had until the early afternoon I decided to load up my old mountain bike and ride up to the trailhead at 1230 meters just behind the house. About 12km of riding but 1000m of climbing.