Blue skies and more fresh tracks in powder above Chamonix, yawn…

Took the new SkiTrab Volare’s out for the first time today. I hadn’t quite sorted out a proper set of skins for them but the temptation to use them was far too strong. My old skins were fine for a while and we put in a good skin track from the Argentiere glacier up towards the Col du Passon, which hasn’t seen hardly any traffic this season and we were therefore pretty confident of good untracked snow on the far side down to Le Tour.

When we started traversing a little more higher up though the wheels fell off, and the old skins were flapping in the breeze. Gaffer taping them onto the ski worked for a while but in the end I resorted to getting my repair straps out and cannibalizing my rucksack to wrap the mid part of the skin onto the ski. Luckily we were pretty close to where you have to boot up to the col so I survived.

All my faffing had meant that a team behind us got the first tracks, but with so much terrain to choose from we had a great time skiing down to Le Tour in shin deep powder on a pretty firm base, hero skiing.

We arrived at Le Tour at around two o’clock, Tania left to get her chores done and Stuart and I headed up the bubble to ski one of the Vormaine couloirs. I had skied some of the standard variants nearer the ski area in the past but a few minutes of booting rewarded us with a barely skied couloir that was in perfect condition, so good that I didn’t take any photos, just concentrated on the skiing.

So thanks to Stu and Tania for a superb days skiing, and a thumbs up for the Trab Volare’s. But I do need to test them a little more….

A tracked out Grand Montet

A tracked out Grand Montet

Stuart breaking trail towards the Col du Passon

Stuart breaking trail towards the Col du Passon

Looking down at the other teams heading up, about a dozen people I guess

Looking down at the other teams heading up, about a dozen people I guess

Looking across at the North face of Les Doites, pretty black and dry at the moment

Looking across at the North face of Les Doites, pretty black and dry at the moment

Just perfect snow below the col. Stuart putting some turns in

Just perfect snow below the col. Stuart putting some turns in

Tania mid way down, le Tour behind

Tania mid way down, le Tour behind

Tania enjoying the snow

Tania enjoying the snow

Stuart skiing

Stuart skiing