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Discussion in 'Europe' started by piolet, Apr 4, 2016.
Awesome. Top open?
Charlanon was closed due avy risk but the pistuers were displaying a yellow flag.
Low risk in general but that spot is a risk for wet slides as spring rolls on.
Just baked a tartiflette.
They are good for what ails ya.
Low tide snow but that was a draw card as we were running away from 4/5 risk in Austria. Figured man made snow doesn't slide!!
We copped a bluebird day with no wind, once we realised we would do it easily in time we added a few extras to the usual Sella route.
Very different crowd to Cham, wide rocketed skis and pin bindings are not the norm, and the snow proved why!!
It's piste heaven, I'd love to see it full of snow and explore off piste, but at one stage during the day I said to CG "this is where we are going to ski when we are old."
Interesting. Had that feeling as well. Fun, amazing landscape with the rock towers, but after the 1500m vert Austrian chutes & long backcountry runs, was much more sedate.
The offpiste is awesome. I was surprised at how uncontested it was compared to other parts of Europe.
The Italians seem to ski la dolce Vita. Get on the hill at 11. Burn down the groomers pretending to be Tomba. Lunch from 1 to 3 in the afternoon and hit the groomers drunk until 4.
I remember one time we got about 35- 40cm overnight on Secceda . The groomers did not prep half of the very wide upper pistes.Folks were getting the fresh on the piste but no one off the side. Couldnt believe my luck.
The snowfall isn't done yet! My opinion
Generally been a crap season. Worst since 2006.
FML. Couldn't get a decent dump in St Anton or Zermatt, but flying to NYC tomorrow and looks like 50-60cm in a day to make things interesting on arrival. If arrival.
Flight cancelled. FFS.
2 foot. Will be a shit show...
Angie got stymied by storm Stella too.
Am very tempted to abandon NY and go to the mountains but for personal reasons, I'd like make it to NYC as I committed to doing it. The current, ongoing Berlin baggage handlers strike may still mess me up though! If my flight is again cancelled tomorrow, I think I'll go riding this weekend instead.
Haven't been following closely the last week or so. Where's the pick of Europe right now?
Ha ha, for what?
Excellent spring conditions here in cham.
Maybe snow in saturday... will make up high great for a bit
Wherever you go, elevation and preferably north facing.... eg. Brevent here is very slushy. LGM (north facing and mostly higher) is much better
So am in a cafe in Paris, waiting for the girls to attained a Drake concert. Couple netzt to us also waiting ..... Albanians from Shepparton. Small world!
Baguettes are life but skiing is fun
Lots of rain forecast for Austrian resorts below 1900 mtrs. this weekend.
A pretty ordinary pic from above.
What a spot eh
Back to la savoy today with the kids, maybe val blanche thurs then my partner in fun up high here is off on friday.
Cunningham actually looked half decent, no tracks - what a line from below!
Speed-rider in fatal fall North Face Aiguille du Midi | Chamonix.net
Another Avi took 2 lives at Hinter Rendl ( St. Anton) . Full depth slab and you can see tracks coming over the convex.
Very nasty compaction zone.
Stability here has been pretty good, had heard aut was loose
Yeah we ran away from AUT....
Textbook terrain trap, on non-threatening terrain.
A possible example of - Hey look you guys went right- wait for us- hey this bit over here is steeper - lets charge it.
Half way through another la Grave trip, the weather in the alps, long days and perfect corn snow has been great for ski touring in some backcountry valleys that are hard to access in the middle of winter with the short days. Snow and good stability has also allowed us to tour to some good couloirs - the guides have delivered big time.
Looks like snow is moving in for remainder of the week
Earning turns to get off the back of the glacier at 3800m
One of the no fall couloirs we skied - two of the group skiing the bottom half.
Start of another 2000m vert backcountry run (after a few hours of skinning and a tricky climb). The couloir on the other side of the valley (only bottom 5th showing) is on the list for another time.
Spent first 11 days of March in Lech am Arlberg. It's been an average season by all accounts but the week before we arrived there was plenty of snow and while we were there, we got absolutely hammered with a 4 days storm. Some great skiing, deep pow and by the end scary avi conditions but perfect groomers. The Arlberg is a great old place.
Usual rambling report and random pics at https://gortonator.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/a-wild-and-wonderful-trip-to-lech/
Looked magic. Great pics.
Hmmm snowline to maybe 1500m by the looks of the frosted trees
But, go italy!
I like that forecast.
There's a button for that!
Considering going here as part of 2018 trip. Not well known but massive off piste terrain and huge vert.
Oh. Heiligenblut. Bit of a bugger to get to though.
Looks pretty cool!
This year they had 4 day packages that included *** half board accommodation( 3 nights) and freeride guide (4days) for 507 euros.
Here's the EC Snowcast.
30+ inches in the Western Italian Alps and the French Alps over the next 10 days. That's 60-90cm range on the metric scale.
And the 5 day snow forecast from WRF. 60cm in the French and Western Italian Alps.
GFS and Morris is probably overestimating figures.
Freezing level was 2000m in the Aletsch, Switzerland yesterday. 5-10 cm up top.
Great day at Belalp.
Dropped to 1600m as we came over the Simplon Pass into Piedmont, then climbed back up to 2000m in Madesimo, Lombardy, Italy.
Absolutely chucked it down with rain yesterday afternoon into evening. Stopped around 9pm
Clear out there this morning. Hopefully some powder up top
Anyone heard from @GTB? Hope he's still alive! Was very keen for reports and updates when I was in Zermatt but not much flowing back in the return direction!!