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OP in the Phantom Village
Posted: 16 January 2013 09:33 PM  
Total Posts:  2234
Joined  2003-10-24

After nearly a week away in the endless Steppe of the west of France, including last weekend and the excellent Saturday, it was time to head back to the mountains. The tot and I decided to spend the afternoon off piste at St Hilaire in the Chartreuse. We know lots of little runs down the woods and with the sun and fresh snow the Phantom Village seemed like a good plan.

There is currently 50cm of very very light powder which is not easy when you only weigh 28kg. Ok for me who is 2.5 times that weight though.

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The whole area is off limits, part of the village, although not the part we were skiing, is in an avalanche couloir and although the last major slide dates from the 1980s the whole zone has been evacuated, it is a bit like the Chernobyl of the Chartreuse.

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Great view here of the start of the village and the Belledonne chain behind.

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Deserted chalet with the Rochers du Midi behind. This face was first climbed by Gary Hemming in the early 60s.

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We did a couple of laps of the village, it is a great place to explore in these conditions but you need to keep clear of the buildings.

Posted: 16 January 2013 09:55 PM   [ # 1 ]  
Total Posts:  12
Joined  2010-11-09

Excellent 8)

Posted: 18 January 2013 11:01 PM   [ # 2 ]  
Total Posts:  24
Joined  2004-08-22

great report..

Posted: 08 May 2013 05:58 AM   [ # 3 ]  
Total Posts:  10
Joined  2013-05-06

The best thing,which has been shown in these pics,is the beautiful track...A beautiful combination of straight and zigg zagg paths which doubles the fun of skiing. The lady in this pic looks like the real expert too..
In fact now i am looking for this track smile

[ Edited: 08 May 2013 06:04 AM by jacksiemens]

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