So last night the rain turned to snow and the Chamonix valley woke up to a blanket of fresh snow right down to valley level.
Down here in Les Houches the cover was pretty thin at a 1000m, but higher up there was already a mini base from a few days ago and the fresh snow was something like 25cm at Vallocine/Le Tour.
And so after the morning school run, I dug out the older skis, finally found my insoles for the ski boots and drove up the valley not really expecting much. Early season skiing is all about tricky snow and smacking the skis up on the rocks hidden beneath. But I was pretty happy with what I found parking up at Le Tour and I could also see a few skiers both skinning and skiing down, so at least I wouldn’t have to break trail!
I was pretty tight for time today as I wanted to be back for family logistics and I didn’t want a big training session anyway. So I skinned for about an hour, using my Scarpa F1 touring boots (mid weight for me) and my Dynastar Alti skis which are about 80mm underfoot (Mid weight again).
After around 600m of height gain I found a flat spot and called it a day. The ski down was tricky in places as the snow was wind blown (95km/hr at the midi today!) and the light was flat. Lower down it was better and I felt like I could still ski.
There was just enough time to nip into the bakery in Argentiere before getting home for the school pickup.
I did do a little filming today. But the footage is pretty appalling, and I’m not sure it deserves the space here. I need more filming practice!
The weather forecast for Chamonix looks like it will stay cold for a few more days. the lower snow will melt off I think, but above 1500m it should be OK so fingers crossed this snow sticks around and forms a base for the season.