To build upon the great success of our piste skiing Dave suggested we head over to the Aravis (Alps) to tackle an easy ski tour. Dave knew this 'quieter' area of the Alps well and we based ourselves in the camper van at the scenic end of the road car park for a few days.
|Dave scoping the first route|
|We headed part way up here to mess around on the first day|
Its a beautiful spot, perched at about 1400m, with extensive views of the mountains and combes nearby which provide lots of opportunity for snow shoeing and ski touring. Busy carpark by day, quite camp spot at night. The light as the sun set, and stars were amazing, but it was quite chilly trying to capture it all.
|You can see it's well skied, and they hadn't had fresh snow for a week or so|
|Dave showing how it's done...|
The first afternoon we did a short trip part way up the Troude la Mouche to perfect our skinning technique and try the off piste descent - all seemed good.
|This is easy right!? Time to head back down|
|Beautiful evening light.|
So with confidence high the next day we set off to the Combe de Tardevant and a high col at 2400m.
|For me this is steep ski ground!|
|Wow quite a way still to go|
|Getting high now (can you see the other tiny figures left of Dave?)|
|At the icy high point (too icy to go along the ridge)|
Near the top the snow got quite choppy and icy, but we made it to the col and the extensive views over to the Mt Blanc range. I think we were both a bit nervous about the descent, and even the other locals who were clearly good skiers made the descent look difficult we didn't hang around on top and gingerly started our ski down.
|Mt Blanc range behind|
|Dave dropping into the choppy snow (it was steeper than it looks!)|
It went okay, clearly I didn't have any style but we made it in one piece - quite an intense 6 hours out! I now appreciate I need to improve my skiing lots more, and gain some 'off piste' skills before the next one, but it was a fantastic experience and as I'd hoped a great way to travel through the
mountains in winter.
|Lunch stop after the steep bits (phew)|
Note - The next day we woke to fresh snow and had soooo much fun skiing in fresh snow all day from first lift to last lift at the local resort/pistes. Great fun skiing fresh powder, and even though we had to drive through the night so that I could catch my plane at Paris (there's a story there!) it was well worth it. A great trip.