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La Grave 5-11 March - photo TR (lots of photos)

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When we finished our week in La Grave last year, the six of us all agreed we were coming back. Who knew we would get one of the best weeks of the season…

It all started beautifully:


In the first gondola, our guide, Pierre, told us we would start slowly. Then at the top, he said “when it’s good it’s good, let’s do something steep”. So here we are on our first run, entering Triffide 0.5:


Good thing that La Grave is flat:


Then again, in the afternoon we played in La Voute. The rappel:


Richard enjoys his run:


Then it snowed and some of us were happy:


…and it snowed more in the night…


Leading to stuff like this:
Me:


Arno:


irbis:


(there’s a lot more where those came from)


We did small stuff such as Les Freaux (first tracks):



Or Chirouze left - first tracks all the way down:
Arno starting:



Or - why the hell not? - a whole day all alone skiing the Face Sud (after skinning up along the closed draglift), then skinning up towards Glacier de la Selle, and then skiing down to St Christophe:



though we managed to make it look busy:

Vicky and Irbis:



I think we fell in love with Pierre. We definitely look up to him:



He likes us too:



Gives us climbing tips:



Saves us good lunch spots:



And when he can’t stand us anymore he just steps on the gas pedal and faces the mountain alone:



As the temperature rose and the sun came up, we went on the catwalk:

“What the Well-Dressed Gentleman is wearing”



…skied down this couloir to Pierre’s house in Villar d’Arene:


(photo by irbis)

…once had to turn back due to an unexpectedly loaded slope…this led to the worst crust we’ve ever skied (note Arno’s technique in the background):



On the last day we toured to Dome du Monetier and then skied back down to Monetier, not before having to unexpectedly rappel one more time:


But it was worth it…
Arnaud (not Arno!) at sunset:


Thanks to Arno, irbis, Arnaud, Richard and Vicky, and of course to Pierre, for an amazing week. Guys, you should also post some of the pics you took!

I also should add something. The snowpack for a good part of this season and for that particular week has been dodgy in many areas of the Alps (although apparently not quite as bad in La Grave). Pierre is an extremely experienced guide and discusses extensively with us his choice of lines, the reasons why, the mitigating factors and our own strategy to reduce risks and cope with them. He also turned around twice when judging the risk to be too high, even though that meant skiing in much poorer (but safe) conditions once - of course none of us complained. We did some great lines but we always felt that a lot of thought went into the choice, and that we were not just taking blind risks.

I leave you with some scenic photos:









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Fantastic shots - thanks for posting.
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Love the photos and captions. Thanks for sharing!
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It's a special place right enough, you are a jammy b$*&$%d to have such good snow conditions. Great report and photographs, thank you for sharing.
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Very much enjoyed looking at your great pics. Thanks.
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@horizon, great pics and stories. You struck gold with conditions!
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Wow. Just wow. Thank you. Very Happy
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Excellent, fab photos - thanks for sharing Madeye-Smiley
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Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!! What a brilliant week Very Happy
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Thanks for sharing!
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Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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Great report and photos, thank-you so much. Madeye-Smiley
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Do you have contact details for "Pierre"?
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Superb 👏. Thanks
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Great pics/report on one of the finest places on earth Very Happy
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Great photo's, keeping it wild snowHead
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@horizon, nice. Very Happy snowHead Very Happy
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@horizon, you were scoring the best week of the season according to the guide I was with at the same time you were in La Grave.

It's been 20 years now since I first skied/boarded with him in LG.

And he was in on/off contact with his family who live in La Grave so he was getting first hand accounts of the conditions, and he had to be diplomatic to his clients (us) when telling us and not instill FOMO*

That said we too had a fantastic week way down Sarf overlooking the Mediterranean, with comments from the team such as "best ever"...

*FOMO "Fear of missing out"
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Thanks everyone, glad to see that the report is appreciated. And yes @Grandma Sunshine, I am a jammy b$*&$%d! Very Happy

@galpinos, it's Pierre Rizzardo. I'll PM you his email.
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@horizon, Now if you could just bring those conditions to the EoSB wink
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Great report and pics.
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Stunning, will have to head back there soon.
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