Nordic Skiing: Plus ça change... - 1,672 m. (5,486 ft)

Thu, 9 January 2020


Minimum altitude: 1,281 meters

Distance: 20.4 km

Slope Aspect: South-East

Vertical Climbed: 580 meters (1,903 feet)

Vertical Descended: 582 meters


The ski area at the col was full of school groups so I decided to head up to the Charmant Som for the 8th or 9th time this season. Not much change in the conditions but the snow was pretty hard which made skiing relatively easy, indeed I did my second fastest time of 35m48s to the Oratoire, not exactly Martin Fourcade but not too shabby. Maybe I can go under 35m this season?

Very very cold at the plateau with a wind that almost blew me over, very hard to skate as poles are blown all over. The descent felt quick, but wasn't very, I prefer softer snow though. I then did some exercises at the col: Swiss cross for balance, 8's etc.


8C at the col, a bit of wind. Hard, icy snow in places. Snow cover is only 2-3cm in places now so needs a bit top up soon!


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