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Serre Chevalier Snow Report 2016/2017

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@Chamcham, I don't think any of the regulars are actually in Serre Che this week. Looking at the Meteo France bulletin, everywhere within easy reach for an afternoon's skiing is 4/5 right now, although that of course can change on a daily basis. KenX's probably your best one to ask, and he's in Gressoney.
Not sure @weathercam is back from his trip south.
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Bulletin here http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/hautes-alpes/avdept05
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@Hells Bells, Thanks for that. I've just discovered from the SOPiB thread that fifiskis' skis are in KenX's car, so we'll have to meet him anyway!
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So I'm off games again and think @Hells Bells, will understand why when she reads this, as I'm on two 500mg pills of Pyostacine three times a day and Mupiderm along with another prescription for Pristinamycine from the Doctor on Sunday at Briancon Hospital where I was having an Xray to be sure that the infection had not gone into my bone!

Luckily the infection kicked off big time early Sat morning and we had an 06:00 start so I climbed and skied in pain and thankfully there was not a long walk out (which was feared) on the final run and I was being seen by a Doctor in Nice by 17:00 who advised me that if I was two days later things could have been seriously bad!

Basically I have a pronounced ankle bone and the bursa sac surrounding that became infected with the continual pressure of the boot and being in the same sweaty socks for a week.

So weather here is summer like, and can see the pistes in front of us transforming to slush bumps in the afternoon sunshine.

OH went up and skied the "Manchester" first thing and had a Cafe stop at the Biv with numerous other geezonaires.

So Spring conditions and if I was able to, then ski touring would be the obvious option but with an early start depending on the aspect, that said guide I was with last week scored cold snow yesterday on the North face of the Combeynot above the Lautaret.

Forecast is for warmer temps for the rest of the week, and there were many cyclists out yesterday in shorts as we had lunch at Mama Mia's by the old town, so I hope to be out on the bike mid week onwards hopefully, then book an appointment with the Foot Doctor down in Briancon by the Prorel lift end of the week.

And last week was the best ever ski adventure I've ever had, I'll be doing a report laters, but we were on summits over looking the Med and could see the snow capped mountains of Corsica and the Appenines needless to say no other people or tracks!
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@Weathercam, sounds very nasty !!. However, Pyostacine is the brand name for pristinamycine, (we don't use it in the UK, so had to Google it). Are you sure you should be taking both, or have they just extended the course?
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@Hells Bells, just extended the course as Doctor increased the prescription in terms of daily amount from four to six.

My "flat mate" Pikey found some good snow today off the Pic Mea
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Had a bit of an incident today:



We got to this slope maybe a bit later than ideal and as I dropped in, the snow let go on my second turn, fortunately I was half expecting it and as soon as I felt it go and saw the snow moving at the same speed as me, did an exit stage left........
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Off Eychauda, and afternoon ?
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Eychauda around 1:00......
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@Weathercam, yes, I did read the dose as being 6 tablets a day. It's unlicensed in the UK and kept for resistant infections.
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@KenX, given the current high freezing level's, and going to be even warmer tomorrow circa 3,000m then going to have to be some very careful decision making, and maybe not have lunch!!!

If there's any mention of touring then you need to be climbing by 07:30 at least and even then monitor the snow as you're going up, or could well get away with more N/NW facing aspects for later in the day, but does all depend on the depth of the overnight freeze.

OH gone up early to ski the "Manchester" then Yoga on the patio this afternoon Cool
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@Weathercam,
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@KenX, actually no where near as bad as forecasts, in fact was only 1 degree down here this morning so classic freeze / melt conditions for today.

Yesterday we had nigh on 19 degrees on the patio (thermometer is in the shade) and felt a lot warmer in the sunshine, in fact I was just wearing trunks as I did a yoga / stretching session and no I will not post a photo Toofy Grin

OH again went up to do "Manchester" and they're loving the Aiguillette piste for first runs as no one is over that way, and she's gone again this morning.

Fiddled with bikes yesterday and have changed pedals on my road bike so I can use my summer shoes which should be ok on the ankle as opposed to my winter cycling shoes/boots, and have booked up to see the Orthopedic foot dude on Friday, though bone still is very tender.

So soon as temps hit double figures (which was around 11:00 yesterday) out with the bike hopefully, as I'm getting bored now and suffering from FOMO rolling eyes
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Cloudy morning, and increasing winds. We stayed over Monetier side, and witnessed the evacuation of 56 people from the Eychauda chairlift. http://www.ledauphine.com/hautes-alpes/2017/03/18/serre-chevalier-56-personnes-evacuees-du-telesiege-de-l-eychauda
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Photo of yesterday's rescue.
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Met up with Greg and Rich this morning to ski the Grand Area peak at 2869m, parked up on the road up to the Col du Granon at around 2000m and met up with @Weathercam and the OH; after a brief discussion of the route, WC and OH made their way up La Gardiole and we skinned up the Grand Area. Beautiful climb, just a bit exposed, and we descended via the E couloir which was around 35 degrees and in great shape : D
Got the conditions for the ascent just right, the snow was softening and would've been way too hard earlier, still needed knives for the skis......



At the summit with Rich:



And the downside to having soft snow on the way up, is sometimes it's got a bit too warm on the way down........



Fortunately, after a previous near miss earlier in the week, I was wary of the conditions and traversed just under the rocks at the top of the picture, but it still went, about 2m deep at the bottom........
I'm guessing this spate of wet snow avalanches (and I'm sure I'm not the only one) is due to the highish temps, around 5 or 6 degrees at midday, but not really freezing at night, it was about 5 degrees in the valley here last night......
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Actually we did a new route to the Crête de Cristol with stunning views to the Nevache / Buffere valley.



https://www.strava.com/activities/907403514

And twas a very pleasant (mellow) ski, though would not liked to have been any later!

Plus that's a cracking good descent back down that valley to the Refuge, but in actually more or less the same amount of vertical, and then you'd have the killer run-out from the Refuge and then long walk out to Nevache, so maybe not such a good idea.

Ankle still not good though so a few more days off me thinks and one boot back to Ben at Feet & Fit, ironically it's the other foot that was never that bad but he tweaked it and now my ankle has a pressure point on that one rolling eyes

Weather now looks to be all over the place.
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@Weathercam, looks nice Very Happy
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Cycled the uber steep Croix de Toulouse yesterday overlooking Briancon with stunning views whilst riding did hear some big bangs going off and did think was it avy control.

Riding back up the valley had a good tail wind behind me, and at the various bus stops heading up the valley there were a fair number of skiers, and then the one nearest us and closest to Pontillas had a good thirty or so skiers which had me thinking that the link to Monetier must be closed, but did not think it was that windy.

Then once back home there was more blasting going on and that must have to do with the potential of wet slides which are very high at the moment (though risk is only 2) with the warm temps and lack of a major overnight freeze.

Then in the evening was shown pics of a big slide from near the Balme couloir than nearly came on to the piste, hence they closed the Vallons and were controlling all the area, so hence the skiers at the bus stops!

In for a fair selection of weather over the next three or so days, though keeps changing, and we now have sun back again early next week when yesterday was looking like winter.

Could well be on for a road trip to Abries - check out the forecast http://www.meteociel.fr/previsions/1750/abries.htm though will be wet in the valley.
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Was planning on touring up the Petit Peygu from Le Laus this morning with KevinByrne, but it was looking a little thin:



So decided to skin up the road to the Refuge Napoleon via all the shortcuts and enjoy a hot choccie Very Happy

Looks like snow's a-coming so may actually be able to use lifts to get to it !!!
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Heard more bombing going on today and heard a heli, then had a WhatsApp confirming that they were bombing Cucumelle by heli !!!
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@Weathercam, Shocked
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@KenX, Jules has been up there this afternoon on a lesson with @GavinCrosby, nothing to report when they were there just after 2pm.
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