Very nice. Looking forward to getting my first tracks of the season on Friday in Cervinia and Zermatt.
I loved seeing the Shining Motel as it meant I was nearly there and another ski season in Serre Chevalier was about to begin after the long drive from Le Havre.
I remeber the little overloaded MG Metro struggling up the long hills from Bourg and being hassled and nearly run off the road by a big black 13 reg (Marseille) BMW and then seeing it, 200 mtrs from the top of the Col, wheels spinning uselessley on the black ice and snow. As my little car potterd past. I avoided eye contact and tried not to look too smug.....
Bon saison a tous....... Gram
David, after the big dump of snow last night I suppose you’re up there doing “First Tracks Revisited” !! Enjoy !
Can any one help me and let me know if they skied La Grave?? We would like to take a Holiday there but not sure when to go or what the resort is like. We know that the lifts get shut down quite often so if anyone knows the best time of year to visit it would be great!!!
Here is some information on la Grave from the site. There is one main lift, this uses a pulsed DMC system so can run in relatively high winds, however whether you would want to ski when it is blowing 100km/h at the summit is another question.
The area is essentially all off-piste, an avalanche safety committe meets each morning to decided whether to open the lift or not. Mainly the lift doesn’t open when the risk is 4 (high) or 5 (extreme) but these levels occur on around a dozen days in the whole season.
When the area is closed you can ski in the nearby Ski Meije areas, le Chazelet is the most interesting or go to les Deux Alpes, Serre Chevalier or Montgenevre ski resorts. You would need a car to get to these areas.
La Grave is scheduled to open on the 23rd of December this year. I’ve only skied in the depths of winter, most people suggest early March when the snow conditions are still good but the days are a bit longer and milder.