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Any major dumpations for Serre Che showing in the rhunes yet?
Can't quite commit to a Christmas in Serre Che yet when there are still bare patches at the top of Vallons!!
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Maybe a bit this weekend and at the moment the end of November's looking good, watch this space........
Snow-making is excellent here btw!
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@KenX, I just hope I'm wrong about what I was telling you about the lack of snow making on sections of the Casse du Boeuf currently.
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There is that........
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[quote="Weathercam"]@dan100, if it were me, and this is what we regularly do, drive down to Cesana and take the fast gondola up to Sans Sicario and into Sestrierre.
https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9463117,6.8005611,479m/data=!3m1!1e3

That way you're already down the mountain and plus lift pass will be cheaper (and food) than a day in Montgenevre and skiing is a little limited in Claviere - as you can see from the link you park right by the lift.

Sauze is another option and you'll be even closer to Turin and it's not far up the hill from Oulx
Thanks
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KenX wrote:
Snow-making is excellent here btw!
Yes I was suprised by the snow making coverage right up high too. Certainly well provisioned. We really do love Serre Che. We have been 3 times in the last 4 years. We will be back again this year either for Christmas or in February Mrs Retrobod has to take the school holidays unfortunately. Or maybe both!! Looks to be good availability for Christmas still. Just holding my nerve as I don't want to miss out. Can't decide whether to go package or to book independently and brave the roads (thanks for the advice given on another thread BTW)
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Talking of day trips... We are staying in Monetier over Feb half term. Excited already of course! I realise serre has tons to offer but I'm thinking of doing a day trip to adh. We had one of our first ski trips there and the eldest wants to relive her Sarenne triumph (first black run). It looks like we can get into auris in around an hour- we will have a car. does anyone have any advice? Is this mad? Is auris the best access point and can we park there? Thank you.
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My Dad and I will be in Briancon for all of February, maybe some of March as well. Hoping for a good season!
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@nem, yes Auris is best option if on a day trip from Serre.

If going to ADH whilst en route returning to UK and stopping off overnight, then I've done Vaujany, uber quick cable car gets you in to ADH and Oz sectors etc

@JackSkier, hopefully loads of snow to escape the hordes Cool
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@nem,
@JackSkier, hopefully loads of snow to escape the hordes Cool


Very Happy , skins and car at the ready to get away from it all hopefully! Do you have any recommendations for guides? We have a couple of weeks that would need booked in advance I think.
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Well snow cannons have suddenly woken up it seems and starting to get more obvious stretches of piste now in front of us, and with this coming week of uber cold temps then hopefully they'll continue blasting.

Looks like they are not bothering with the Casse de Boeuf but will like last season use the Marteau as a route down from Arravet as they are blasting on the lower sections of that.

On our cam now you can see a very obvious piste if you select the Club Med view.

At this rate we'll have something to skin up here soon!

Snow that fell yesterday (10cm at 2300) has been ripped away by the nigh on gale force winds as you can see on the Cucumelle cam though there will be pockets of windblown but it's looking a lot whiter at the Lautaret / Galbier end of the valley but should imagine it's howling up there.
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Walked the dogs up round the back the Adventure Park and on up to the piste to see how the snow making is coming along, and a good excuse to get my new toy out Cool

For those that don't know that's Club Med on the left of picture, and hence one of the reasons they are preparing this piste for the Xmas clients as last year the piste was closed due to tech problems with three to four cannons out of action, so words must have been had!


http://youtube.com/v/TQsam_Xi_iM
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Did a quick skin up to the Refuge Napoleon just below the Col d"Izoard this morning:

Untitled by Ken Reeve, on Flickr

Mine were the only tracks up and even scored a dozen or so turns on the way down on fresh powder before joining the road down to Le Laus Very Happy
Bloody cold up the top though and even colder skiing down, got to the car which was in the sun and it was -5..........
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How are yhe pistes shaping up? Noticed that the top of vallons was still looking a bit sparse but is that a wind thing and is cover better elsewhere?
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Chantemerle is opening above Serre Ratier this weekend only , Vallons is probably wind-affected, patience Grasshopper!
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KenX wrote:
Chantemerle is opening above Serre Ratier this weekend only

Thank you. We sooooo love Serre Che. We are committed to a Christmas Ski holiday but swithering between a north alps resort and Serre Che. What to do? Very impressed with the snow making on Serre Ratier. Never seen that kind of commitment before!
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Serre Che is very committed to make snow, and with the coming low temps (-10 today) they should be able to make plenty of it Very Happy
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Great to have some lifts open early - so me and the OH met up with our Ski Club of Great Britain Guide ( Toofy Grin ) bottom of Serre Ratier at 10:00 and had a very pleasant couple of hours.

Weather was grey and actually not bonkers freezin as was the forecast, in fact there was little to no wind, but we were well wrapped up.

Only three lifts open up top, Coombes, Prorel and Foret but enough to get the legs working and there were even some stashes of inter piste powder to be had, though I was a tad paranoid being on new skis. Though I eventually ventured off and ended up going through to put the first scratches into the bases.

Then we were not too sure if anywhere up the mountain was actually open, and indeed the only place was the wondrous Chalet Hotel Sere Ratier. Ironic in that all the years of skiing here the first time we ever went there was last summer, but there again I don't exactly do cafe skiing etc

The owners son was quite canny in that when I said we'd been in the valley a good few years he exclaimed that he's never seen us in there before to which we embarrassingly confirmed.

And we were having quite a long chat re who we bought our apartment from (a certain Maynadier) and some of my neighbours.

He and his brother are actually Freelance Ski Instructors so another contact for anyone looking for a private/group instructor www.votremoniteur.com.

So expect with the better forecast for tomorrow it will be far busier than it was today, and as it's my special day we've booked for lunch tomorrow there, though just have to make sure the OH does not see lunch on the mountain as a regular occurrence Toofy Grin

Anyway picture of me and the SCGB Guide

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@Weathercam, Very Happy
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PS They've been bashing Pointless* and Le Bez this afternoon

*above Club Med
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@Weathercam, Thanks for posting. We're coming in Feb so enjoying all info. at the moment.
Im interested getting some private lessons, do you mind letting me know how good the brother's English is? Sounds terrible but we had a bad experience in sauze where the instructor had no English at all. Thank you.
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@nem, the son I met was Julien and his English was feckin superb!!

I'd advise to book ASAP as I'm sure he'll be booked up very quick if not already.

If he's not available, then my neighbour Christophe Cousi cousi.c@free.fr 04 92 45 27 74 he also speaks good English, though on the mountain I've only seen him off piste guiding but he is an inistructor moniteur de ski Diplome d'etat

I also have another neighbour, Didier but he has not shown up yet, similar to Christophe private instructor / guide - he loves his touring and knows so many cool routes.
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That's really helpful, thank you. I'm particularly interested in snowboarding for my husband and daughter who are at the "playing around on the Side of the piste and between trees stage." They could do with some help venturing further. I'll get onto it.
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@nem, you'll see on the votremoniteur website that there are two brothers and one specialises in snow boarding. I can find out how gpod his English is
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I had a look. Seems ideal. Snowboarding is a bit harder to find.
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Getting your Candide on with those Factions I see, @KenX 👊
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@Weathercam, strange how your Ski Club rep looks a little like @KenX
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@Sharkymark, @stevew, Laughing
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@nem, I just sent a FB message to a friend who is a great ski/snowboard instructor and is great fun! He should get back to me with contact details for you Very Happy
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Feckin Moles have been busy overnight Toofy Grin

This is just up behind Club Med in front of us which you can see on the Webcam link below

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Well as I suspected they are opening up Le Bez / Frejus as a way back down to Casse du Boeuf from top of station La Foret via Echaillon

Was pretty obvious as I skinned up this morning, but a couple of pisteurs confirmed it, mind you can't always be 100% even if you hear it from pisteurs!

They open tomorrow for a long weekend, probably to compete with Montgenevre who are attempting to entice the Italians over as it's the Fête de la Sant' Ambrogio (Patron Saint of Milan).

Snow is forecast as well, so will be a case of "Wait and See" but we certainly need a good few dumps as Vallons / Clot Gauhier sectors looking barren.

Great session with Les Rando Chiens a first in that taking them on the piste etc

Photos and vid at http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=134427
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CDB open tomorrow on Serre Che website Very Happy
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@KenX, the chair and not the piste surely ????
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Woken up by snowplough clearing the road Very Happy
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@KenX, yes you know it's snowing without even getting up Cool

The roads are quiet and then the only thing you can hear is the snowplough rumbling along.

So about 10cms of fresh here in the garden and lightly snowing.

Dogs have yet to go out and are still in bed.

Cam shot this morning


http://www.stylealtitude.com/serrechevalierweathercam.html

And was a cracking morning yesterday, don't think I've ever skied on such superb pistes and no fecker around Toofy Grin
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As they say every picture tells a story etc etc



Had some nice lines this morning, but did put a few scratches in the bottom and @KenX, did eject from his ski after it decided to anchor itself on a stone but all good.
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Anchored on a stone, understatement............

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@KenX, Shocked
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36 days and counting to my first of two trips to SC and nice to see a decent start to the season. Given how green its looked much later in December the last couple of years great to see. may it stay cold and snowy
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@dan100, 30 for us. It is so good to see that white stuff.
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