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2009-10 Season Trip Report: Nendaz.

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2009-10 Season Trip Report: Nendaz.

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Hello and greetings from what is currently a very cloudy, yet possibly the only place in the Northern hemisphere where it isnít snowing, Nendaz. Iíve been out here for about three weeks now so it must be time to start this winterís trip report. As with last year expect mainly photos with a bit of writing (I donít write that well and a picture is worth a 1000 words etc.) also forgive me for being a bit more coy about saying where things are: currently there is no official off piste guide to the area (unlike L2A) and understandably locals want it to stay that way so I wonít be giving details on how to access most things hereabouts.
Anyway, on with the show. When I first got here everything was well tracked but then they opened some more lifts so we could get in on the act.

Me under a chair.
Christmas came and went and it snowed so we were back out for the last fresh of 2009.

Scottish Skier with an interesting stance.

gorilla enjoying untracked snow.

Scottish Skier if he had wings then maybe he could fly.

Me putting the first track in a nice little gully.

Early January and it snowed again, to low levels this time as the previous snow had been rain in town, never nice but particularly unwelcome in December when itís nuking back in the UK. gorilla had gone away for new year and returned with Sam so the three of us headed off to hit LíEteyegon, an itinerary that ends with a bus ride back to Les Masses. We were the 2nd group up which isnít too bad when you consider the first group turned the access lift on! We made it down for the half ten bus only to find out the first one was at 11.30, still it was worth it.

Sam

Two planes playing around above us, note this was the first bluebird day in ages.

gorilla

The next day we headed up the hill not knowing what to do, Scottish Skier only had a couple of days left and so far would have had a better winter if heíd stayed at home, at Tortin we decided to hit the backside of Mt Fort.

Scottish Skier powers into the right chimney.

Sam and me in the chimney.
We rode out to Siviez and then headed back up for another lap taking a slightly different (and steeper) route.

Me exiting the steep couloir.
Our return to Siviez was met with the setting sun highlighting the peaks the other side of Sion.

Unfortunately once off the glacier this was a very flat route out and one Iíll be on the splitboard for next time.
Speaking of which Scottish Skier and I decided to have a go at something requiring skin access. This would be the first time Iíd ever skinned up anything and to make matters worse shortly after splitting the board I had to go downhill, Iím a pretty shoddy skier at the best of times but on something with a 130 mm waist, free heels and snowboard boots/bindings this was going to be interesting.

No they arenít the tracks of two skiers behind me, just one scared split boarder doing a snowplough!

Still after that the skinning was easy despite an arduous route choice to minimise avalanche risk.

At the col switching back to downhill mode.

Now we had a massive completely untracked bowl to play with, easily enough reward for the effort

Truly getting away from it all.
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Swirly, good to hear from you. enjoy the rest of the season Very Happy
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Nice one Swirly, I should really do the same from here too Embarassed .

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yet possibly the only place in the Northern hemisphere where it isnít snowing


Look out the window, dont worry I'm not out there Toofy Grin

Down in Le Chable it is snowing now, lightly, but big flakes so hopefully it will keep up and you'll be getting some of the same over night in Nendaz.
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Swirly, some great photos there
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Swirly, Nice, much prefer to seeing a load of pics like this to an essay!
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Swirly, Thanks for the photos ...
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Swirly, Great photos and thanks as out in Nendaz with family half term week. Never been before but you are selling it well!!
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Swirly, nice, I'm looking forward to being out there on the 24th Jan, snow forecast seems to be good! Very Happy
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Swirly, I love your pictures. They make me jealous. B@$!@rd. wink
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Swirly, great stuff. Keep on posting your photos!
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Nice one Chris. I expect many an update to keep me sane at a desk!
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Swirly, nothing like that feeling of downhill skiing in split mode..... Embarassed
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Great pictures guys.

Got a free couple of weeks from early next week till half term time (early Feb).

Are there any hostel type places in Nendaz?
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There is one in Le Chable. Its not the Nendaz Valley but the Verbier one. It is 29CHF per night. I've heard mixed reviews.
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It is right beside the train and lifts. You could be in Nedaz pretty quickly via a few lifts and Runs.

The snow flakes I mentioned above amounted to Sweet FA it seemed to stop snowing when I pressed submit Sad .
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Thanks RPF

Will take a look.

Just looking for somewhere basic to stay for a couple of weeks.

Not long back from Tignes over Christmas, but got the time and the urge to escape again Toofy Grin
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Swirly, nice work, again.

Love that shot of scottishskier, is he trying out for the next S&R edition wink
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Been pretty ill this week but made it out today to watch the world cup boardercross in Vessonaz, quite impressive to say the least.



is the womens medalists just after they'd passed by me, earlier I got to see our number one uproot the fence just by where I was stood.


Hopefully proper service will be resumed shortly.
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Swirly, get well soon.... wink
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Yesterday I finally met up with RPF and we hit a couple of itineries and had fun searching for some untracked snow which included the diagnoal couloir on Mt Gele. Unfortunately it was pretty overcast so no photos were taken.
Overnight it started snowing and although not much fell it was enough to fill in tracks, especially on leeward slopes. gorilla and I headed up just as it started to clear to pillage what we could.


Greppon Blanc

After a couple of warm up laps we headed off to something near LíEteyegon, this was very wind loaded but itís a mellow descent, never over 25 degrees so we were happy to ride it.


Heading down.


Nice work.

On the way back the local hoards had been out hitting everything in sight but thereís always something left if you donít mind hoping between then rocks.


gorilla making a line.

All in all this was ĺ of a day that did not suck.
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Nope that looks like it didn't suck Very Happy
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Swirly, nice work indeed! Be a bit careful on L'Eteygeon. A big slide went from the top a few years back. Here's the link. http://www.welove2ski.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=102&id=133&desc=The+Skiing+-+Advanced+-+Verbier%2C+Switzerland&pageid=1688
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bobinch, indeed, was speaking to some guys about that the last time we did it. Hence the staying below 30 degrees approach to the line, of course that doesn't stop people with no gear following you (as happened I just potato-shopped them out the photo).

Be careful out there kids.
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Swirly, sounds like you're getting to know the area. I love that 3rd photo of the 2 tracks. Hopefully I'll get across to Nendaz soon. Would be good to hook up with you and Gorilla. Sounds like we have a similar outlook - it's all about the fresh tracks Very Happy
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bobinch, yeah definitely, got a few lines about here that I'd certainly appreciate some local knowledge for solet us know when you're next in the area.

norris, not 100% fit yet but should be flying about by your visit.
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Nice photos....nice area...I'm jeaulous Confused Mad
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Looking good, really looking forward to our trip in a couple of weeks time, but think I will give those runs a miss Very Happy .
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Today was another bluebird day, we decided to start with Stairway.


gorilla at the top of the stairs.

me sliding down the other side.

Then we moved over to Mt Gele for a couple of runs down the frontside couloirs.

dropping in


and on the apron

After a couple of laps we headed down the South face and met up with RPF, then the three of us went over to Barryís Bowl.


RPF enjoying the powder.

me following suit.

Then to finish off we hit the Highway, finding a bit more fresh.

RPF

gorilla
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Ah verbier - keep the pics coming boys.
We used to have a cracking powder day circuit.
Its actually possible to link up the whole 4 valleys without touching a piste wink

Basically Mt Gele to Gentianes -> then Backside Mt Fort -> then L'Ethygeon

On way back can drop directly over back of Etherolla chair - then return off piste back to Siviez, just need to get one t-bar up. Finally, for last run, ski an Attelas Chute / Vallon D'Arby or perhaps Hidden Valley (for Nendaz residents) Very Happy

Great day out - but you will sleep well after it!
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Swirly, Sweet. What boards has RPF got?
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Swirly, Gorilla, Nice work on the pictures lads. I've take the first two steps and put batteries in my camera and started to read the manual Blush .
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Swirly wrote:

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RPF certainly looks like he means business in this one!
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Today it was due to snow so we thought weíd make it short and sweet and head back to catwalk as the approach would put enough people off to ensure some fresh snow would remain. This meant another chance to take out the splitboard.


this is how you carry skis right?

Our guess wasnít wrong and we were rewarded with plenty of fresh all the way to the lake.

gorilla waits his turn.

and skis on through.

it just kept on coming.

so we kept doing this.

Hamish, FYI we took the skiers left exit from the first bowl, itís a much better route never below 25 degrees and pitches of up to probably 35 although these are avoidable if need be, that said I think we made the right choice for conditions at the time. It finished with a 5 minute skin up to the lake traverse but was well worth it. Also the skin up now only has one kick turn, by that cornice although the snow is pretty hard in places and it was quite rocky there making it a bit interesting.
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Haggis_Trap, getting nostalgic? Count the photos as thanks for the info. snowHead
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Swirly, not sure where you were but looks awesome! Snowing down here. You got any yet?
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bobinch, not yet but it's socked in quite heavily so expecting it soon.
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Sweet. Thats more like it. Looks like a fair amount of fresh still left. Now get up the Rossablanche! Immensely jealous sitting here at a desk Mad
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bobinch, I don't think we've got all that much. The precip radar suggests that the disturbance passed to the north of us. There is a solitary centimetre sitting on the balcony.

scottishskier, we've got the 1:50,000 ski tour map out right now and are evaluating our options. I don't think we're going to hit it right yet. I think we'll see what the weather brings us over the next couple of days.
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Swirly, looking good on the spliter... really looking forward to next week Cool
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gorilla, Verbier doesn't seem to have done that well over the last couple of weeks Sad Assuming you guys have a 4 Valleys season pass you might want to think about doing a day or 2 to Chamonix or Courmayeur. I think both are covered on your pass and they've both got more of the recent snow.
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Well I had the pleasure of being guided around Verbier last Wednesday by Swirly and gorilla - and what a pleasure it was too! Although it hadn't snowed for over 3 weeks they claimed we still managed to find some freshies. The day went something like Superbowl, Barrys Bowl, Stairway to Heaven and then quite a few beers in the Cactus bar at Nendaz to celebrate gorillas Birthday! Quite a sore head on Thursday morning when I woke up and our big plans for a Tour were stopped by think cloud right down to Sion! Anyway, so pics from the day.
gorilla hiking up to Superbowl

Swirly takes a slash in the Superbowl

gorilla looking stylish


A grand day out in the Valais

Some untracked in Barrys


Shortly after this turn

It was game over for Swirlys board!!!!!


Many thanks guys Madeye-Smiley
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