We were expecting between 20 to 40cm’s of snow overnight but fortunately it only snowed about 15cm’s as the snow was accompanied by 140km/h winds! The Pisteurs had the resort open pretty quickly and with a fierce wind in our faces on the summit of the Olympique I immediately turned away from the wind and we opened with an excellent Face du Bellevarde. I was surprised by the lack of a queue when we arrived at the bottom, which was a real bonus because the thought of a queue almost put me off the Face! From there we met up with Thomas and skied two skiers-left off the Fontaine Froide before skiing the Epaule du Charvet, which was atmospheric and very good indeed. We then skied two skiers-right of the Fontaine Froide before heading down the Epaule for a second time. We were quite a way out to the right and after regrouping on a safe knoll I managed to set off a little plaque/surface sluff which took my feet out from under me and I sat on top of it for about ten metres or so before it petered out. Once the slope was secure we carried on and had a fantastic ski to the bottom. Next up was a change of scenery so we tried the gully above the Mattis before finishing off a great morning with piste followed by a shot through the trees in the lower Mangard.
Thomas and I were more or less together for most of the morning, Chris was in the neighbourhood, Henry was also around the Bellevarde sector and Andreas has a family on-piste for the week.
We should have a sunny day tomorrow so it will be nice to have some visibility again after a couple of days of pretty flat-light. Stay tuned!
PS Bravo to Fay who has made some great progress lately!!!