Sunday, 19 December 2010

Chamonix ski fun

I'm just back from 8 awesome days out in Chamonix with friend Bryn of Mountain Leader Training Wales. It was my first time skiing in the Chamonix valley and I was blown away by the terrain and scenery. We were slightly limited it what we could do as the snow wasn't in great condition for high level tours and not all the lifts had opened yet. We got loads of off piste action on the Grands Montets and hunted around for nice powder in the woods. Great fun especially when I remembered how to ski and stopped falling over! We also had a great skin up to the Col de Balme at the top of Le Tour ski area. We got to the col just as the sun started to dissapear behind the mountains and set on Mount Blanc - awesome. What had tacken us nearly 3hrs to skin up took 5 minutes to descend! I'll definately be back for more action!!

View to Mount Blanc from the slopes of Courmayeur

Preparing for the descent from Col de Balme

Off piste action on the Grands Montets

Posing at Le Tour

An afternoon skin at Le Tour