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    17 January 2008

    Skiing 07/08 - the story so far

    I've been caught in a snow-drift, and hence no posts for a while. Well, not quite, but lots of skiing has been going down.

    It was the best season start that I remember. In Mid-December we had 3 days in the Valais...

    On the first of these, we had 30cm of fresh in Verbier where I skiied Lac de Vaux, Ba Combe and various other things with Rob, his mate Greg, and various other people. A long old day with a fair bit of vertical.

    our lines down to the Lac de Vaux

    sugar-coated trees

    Greg in the pow

    hiking the ridge above Ba Combe


    The second "phat" day was spent at Champex. Now what a place this is! 2 lifts servicing a relatively large area of eclectic north-facing terrain, plummetting into the Val d'Arpette. The main attraction here is a couple of glades reminiscent of North America. Rob, Melissa and I sessioned the trees until we dropped.

    me at the top of the glade

    Rob like a pig in the proverbial

    Our final ski day before Christmas was at Bruson. Rob took us on a tour in a southerly direction from the top ridge and down through an open bowl down to some trees and back to the Bruson lifts - names escape me, but from the top there were great views of Mont Blanc Massif and Trient Glacier.

    skinning the ridge

    refreshments at the top

    Rob in front of Mont Fort

    Then was Christmas & New Year in Canada... too much food and large Mochas from Tim Horton's.

    I went up to Val d'Isère and skiied with my Dad and various friends on 4th and 5th January. The snow and weather weren't quite up to scratch for decent off-piste, but some decent on piste-mileage was clocked up, and in good company.

    On the following weekend we spent another couple of fantastic days at Bruson, blessed with another foot or so of new snow. Melissa is becoming quite the expert at caning it through the trees. Skillz.

    more photos to follow!

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