Minimum altitude: 1,342 meters
Distance: 56.7 km
Slope Aspect: Various
Vertical Climbed: 6,238 meters (20,467 feet)
Vertical Descended: 6,254 meters
Return to the 7 Laux but despite and early start and quiet pistes it took us quite a bit of time to get started. Maybe the ski on the Pleynet side, with its slow lift was the cause. We had to wait behind a troup of elderly snowshoers who were taking the chair lift to who knows where. It was a bit of a comedy as they have tried to improve the chair by fitting a moving carpet but this proved a mystery for the crumblies who were walking backwards and forwards on it all the while the chair was baring down on them. Anyway we arrived in the end and they were well disciplined getting off and leaving room for skiers.
The Vallons opened, the legendary Vallons itineary that is. So we did that twice and I have to admit to having tired legs on the second run. Possibly due to advanced old age but also an icy mogul field crossed by frozen streams at the end. The vallons were wind blown powder and quite pleasant to ski but a serious black piste all the same.
Harder snow compared to last week but the fresh snow incoming should improve conditions.