It's still snowing
Posted by Tim Wilson 19th April 2012
As the ski season draws to a close we expect sunny days and slushy snow. This year that came and went and now it's back to winter conditions. Tuesday was the only day this week where the weather was supposed to clear. Alarms were set and at 9am, a peek outside was met with dense fog. I was all but ready to go back to sleep when a friend called with promises of blue skies in the forecast for later on.
We groggily headed to La Plagne, unconvinced that the clouds would break enough to enjoy the fresh blanket of snow all around us. Up on the glacier, we started to break through and had a couple of excellent runs around the Chalet de Bellecote chair. As the sun burnt off the high clouds, we were met by a sea of white in the valley.
Looking into the legendary North Face of Bellecote, the snow looked good, but the vis was poor, so we reluctantly stayed where we could still see. After just a few turns in tracked snow, it was actually beautiful untracked powder all the way down. Reluctance turned to high fives for a good decision.
On the next circuit the clouds still looked dense but the North Face was clear and calling us on. Our timing was just right as we yipped our way through 40cms of freshies at the top.
On the middle section the snow was a little trickier but better than expected and we got first lines all the way to the forest trail.
We knew the trail would require a bit of walking due to lack of snow at the lower altitude, but even that wasn't too bad. Some improvisation was necessary at times.
That was 2 days ago and now it's snowing hard again and it isn't due to let up for a while! Maybe we'll get another North Face run in yet!
About the author
Tim Wilson: Having done my first winter season in Whistler, Canada, I made my European debut in Val Thorens working for Erna Low. They are such a great company that I couldn't resist doing another season in VT before moving to Avoriaz for 2 more, followed by a winter in Val d'Isere. Since then I've been in la Plagne for the last 4 winters, still with Erna Low! Over this time I have gradually been converted from a snowboarder to a skier and now that I am good enough to ski in powder I am generally on two planks rather than one
- Last gasp from Les Arcs - 27th April 2012
- Water slide ride in Les Arcs - 11th April 2012
- Winter X Games - 19th March 2012
- More amazing snow art - 14th March 2012
- In search of powder in Sainte Foy - 6th March 2012
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