First ski of the new season. There was 40cm at the col de Porte.
Snow from the col although it had large suncups. No refreeze below 2500 meters but skiable below. Lots of purges on the slopes below the Aiguille du Gd. fond.
Climb the combe d'Arpire to the south until to reach the col then follow the short ridge to right (west) to the summit.
12C at the col at 1pm with a light foehn. The snow was pretty heavy. Skiable but largely due to improved technique this winter.
A couple of loops of the Col de Porte ski area. Temperature was 5C at the col (1300m.) and there was quite a strong breeze from the north which had left some branches and leaves on the pistes.
I've missed chances to ski the trail from the Col de Marcieu to St Hilaire this year. It is a really nice route.
A before work ski tour, just like old times. I was a bit apprehensive about the snow conditions.
I'd seen that le Sappey was open at the weekend and they'd prepared the Emeindras climb.
Opening, or rather reopening at the col de Porte. The pisteurs were hard at work with their quad bike and blade - the full size piste basher would ruin the thin coat of snow.
I waited until 4pm to see if the cloud that has been clagging the Chartreuse would clear. It seemed to be the case and for a brief moment it lifted revealing the mountain in all its glory.