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Powder alert over the Iseran

We were knee-deep in powder, sometimes almost to the waist, our ski tips occasionally blasting big chunks of snow over our heads. We knew there would be fresh stuff up in the Iseran area after yesterday’s near-uninterrupted snow falls, but that much snow, well, this was like heaven on the hill. 167 more words

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Chamois at the Chardonnet bowl

The promised snow only started falling earlier this morning, with clouds coming down low in resort and closing visibility for most of the day. Stuff on the hill had hardened overnight in a lot of places and the lack of sunshine meant it wasn’t transforming into soft spring snow. 132 more words

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Spring snow at the Sachette

There was a lot less snow on the hike up to the Col de la Sachette today than a few days ago, but at least we could see where we were going and the sun came out too. 139 more words

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Sunshine and powder at the Col Pers

Last week’s snow falls seem a long time ago but there is still some powder to be had if you’re prepared to get up early and break a bit of sweat on skins. 97 more words

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An infinite variety of trees: skiing the Laisinant forest

Powder. Lots of it. It was the news everybody in Val d’Isère had been waiting for after ten days of near-continuous sunshine and mild temperatures. Overnight, snow clouds drifting over from the Italian side of the mountain – known locally as the ‘retour d’Est’ – has deposited 15 cm of fresh stuff on the hill and 50cm on the Pisaillas glacier. 267 more words

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Le Monal in winter: wonder and peace

“Do you mind if we move our tour to Le Monal to Thursday?” the guide asks.

It’s a sunny enough day but apparently there is too much wind on the other side of the mountain, whereas the forecast for Thursday is sunny all day and no wind, which would be ideal. 520 more words

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When temperatures drop, film prevails.

I pull my fair share of extreme antics, but when only 2 of 115 ski slopes were opened and a high avalanche warning set to disastrous I decided to take life a little easier. 525 more words