Nordic Skiing: Marathon Man - 1,414 m. (4,639 ft)

Wed, 3 March 2021


Minimum altitude: 1,307 meters

Distance: 42 km

Slope Aspect: Various

Vertical Climbed: 597 meters (1,959 feet)

Vertical Descended: 602 meters


I didn't set off with any clear ideas but the aim was to ski around for a couple of hours and do a bit of distance My idea was to warm up on the shorter, inner "loipe" and work outwards. In fact the first green piste was the hardest of the day, was it the early frozen snow? The descents were a bit treacherous. The black Troix Croix was excellent, not too many people except on the climbs. I did a loop on the Bois Brule - where I stopped to help a guy who had injured his shoulder on a corner then got lost and made my way back to the Crolles port via the Olette green before heading out on the Grande Teppe loop (which I'd been looking for) and returning again via the Bois Brule (hard this time as the snow was softening up on the steep ramps) and then almost sliding on my skis back to la Feclaz.

In the end I hardly noticed the time but stopped as I was getting cold. 42km dead on? What is the chance of that?


Overcast, not a full refreeze, which was good as it was skiable at 9am. Climbs were loose snow on the popular areas and a bit icy on certain descents but the area is not too dangerous. The harder (red and black) pistes were in better condition as there were a lot of people on the main runs.


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