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Serre Chevalier Snow Report 2017/2018-and useful links.

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The new detachable 6-man chair for Cote Chevalier has just been ordered from Poma Very Happy
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Real shame for Steve. Lovely bloke who took some great video footage of me skiing in the sit ski with Sophie.
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The plan was to drive 2 1/2 hours to the resort which can't be named with Skevinski and meet up with Weathercam, as he was driving out that way after dropping his OH at the airport......
Woke up this morning to find it was puking here, so hardly seemed worth it and went instead to Monetier, where we skied the "secret piste" a few times......
Kevin admiring our first tracks:

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And then went on to find boot-deep on the Cręte de Lauzieres, me just about to drop through the delicate passage (1000 foot drop either side of a narrow ridge) Confused

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In the Lauziere trees:

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It got a bit sluffy in the trees, so we decided to go higher up as the sun was making an appearance, but were thwarted as all the lifts above Bachas were closed due to avalanche blasting, never seen that in the middle of the day, but as the temps were rising, there was a lot of natural slides going on.......
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@KenX, Just proves that Friday 13th can be lucky for some. Who would have expected such a year after the disappointments of the last few? A solid morning's work. Thanks Ken.

My skiing still has a ways to go but now feel I'm getting to grips with powder and other off-piste conditions Practice makes perfect...and a little coaching does not go astray... Very Happy
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Quick question, looking at New Year 2018, how's the "overall" snow record for that time of year?? I know that's a how long is a piece of string question Wink

We'd be flying into Geneva, so is a 3 hour drive about right??
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@kitenski, really, really would not like to second guess.

We've been out here now for the past 5 or 6 New Years and whilst Xmas has been hit or miss (big time) the white stuff has made an appearance in time for NY - but I would not like to guarantee it at all !!!

I've never driven to from Geneva to here presume that the options are Frejus tunnel or via Grenoble would have thought more like 3.5+hrs as up past Chambery from here via Frejus is circa 2.45
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Last day here on the slopes, blue sky, corn pistes, great lunch with all our chums and a round of Genepi served by Darren Turner's Dad Very Happy What's not to like........

That is one gnarly 80 year old, don't mess with him Laughing

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@KenX, twas indeed a great day.

Elaine and I clocked up nigh of 50km this morning - first run down to the Clot chair saw this marmot running along by the piste, then crossed over and saw him running back up to his three mates who were playing around at the bottom of some trees.

We did Vallons / Cucummelle twice and again marmots were popping their heads out as we were going up the chair.

Then over to Monetier where the pistes were nigh on deserted, before back to the Bivouac for lunch.



And think my pic of David is better Toofy Grin



Going up the Granon early tomorrow if weather looks ok see how far the road is open before skinning up to the Gardiole.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1525047320
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Good ski tour up the Gardiole yesterday though had to leave early, and parked up just below Les Tronchets, with around six cars already there, so 20 min boot pack to put skins on

About ten people going up which was a surprise. As I was on my own I was pushing the pace (1,000m two hours) and arrived at the summit with only one guy in front who turned out to be a local Brit, Greg, that's the second time I've met him up there like that!

Ski down was way better than of late and Les Chiens were on fire (though one is semi broken now).

Sky did cloud over Noon onwards and we had light rain and drizzle and cloud prevented a good overnight refreeze but nice and sunny today so Puy St Vincent bike ride me thinks.

Yesterday afternoon we drove over to Cervieres and as far up the Les Fonts fonts stopped by the snow 20min walk from Le Mur.

We then walked up to a vantage point where we could see where we were touring last year and still loads of snow on a NW facing slope.

However after tomorrow weather looks distinctly unsettled again right into next week Sad

And last night saw four piste bashers out, looked like they were coming down the Frejus, don't know whether they were bringing them back down to the valley or maybe they were clearing the road down from Frejus which is meant to happen but should imagine if that is the case will still be a of snow on the road up there, but again could be good for touring options!
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Weather not at all good at the moment, that said went for a MTB ride with Les Chiens and OH yesterday on the track in the woods above Guibertes.

And today with a strong chill wind but bright though with some menacing cloud around decided to see how far we could drive up the Granon, about 6km to 1920m we then walked up to around 2,100 where the summer shepherd lives with their patou and marmot city down below with the chiens going crazy not knowing which whistle to chase.

What was staggeringly impressive and extreme was to watch three kiters kite up the very steep face of the Grand Area mountain!

One guy was way ahead of his mates though could not see what he did once he was at the summit.

The dot at the end of the arrow is his kite.


And as you can see, still looks like winter on the other side!


Geant was mobbed with Italians flooding across for the holiday tomorrow though my neighbours have decided to go back to Turin as the weather is not brilliant, though I hope / think tomorrow might not be a write off, but will be chilly again!
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@Weathercam, shame you didn't video the snow kiters, sounds very impressive!
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2018 - Trilogie au Lautaret from LVQ Production
https://vimeo.com/257915878
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@BertieG, nice vid, thanks Smile
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I bet he went down like a sack of poo with those guys touring up to Pic Blanc and on the summit Toofy Grin

That's all where we go touring , apart from Pic Blanc as that's always like the M25 as it's on everyones must do.

Trouble is with the kiters they can so quickly track out an area that you might have spent two hours climbing to and you can see how they go back and forth traversing across the face.

Luckily not too many have the skill sets to get up there and you also need the right conditions.

I've only kited twice up there playing around and compared to the sea where I'm reasonably adept in big waves and strong winds I find snow kiting a little dumbed down, but for sure if I had the option to kite up and then ski down I'd take it.
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Not quite the same in Wiltshire! Though good fun.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1888cb0zcqdixsb/remote48d868cb0000038b.MOV?dl=0
I wonder if there is enough interest on here to start a snow kiting thread?
I would love to know where the good spots are, Col du Lautaret looks a bit advanced for me.
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@BertieG, just outside Monetier on the road to Le Casset is a big wide open field where they practice before going up to the Lautaret.

And I'm not too sure about the amount of interest that there would be on here for a kiting thread?

When I did it I went straight to the Lautaret with a certain Lewis Crathern (Google him) a mate from back in the UK who was staying with me for a couple of days as he fancied giving it a go.

This is a pic of me


This was from my blog way back in 2013!!!


First snow kiting session up at the Col du Lautaret, I was on skis and an Ozone 8.5 and Lewis was on a snowboard with a Best 13, we did find the wind a little flukey, whilst other more experienced kiters seemed to be ok, but all things considered you would not have known we were first timers Smile
Wind was very light at times with the kite falling out of the air, but gradually wind increased and that combined with a little more understanding of what to do things started to come together.
Lewis managed to get up along the more experienced guys and managed some "air" but some of the guys were getting amazing "flying time" well into double figures in seconds.
Where I was on a 8.5 others were struggling on 10's wind speed was only around 7-10mph if that!
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Hi everyone, probably not the most appropriate thread to ask this question, however I reckon this is the most visible place on snowheads when it comes to things Serre Che. We have bought an apartment in Serre Che (St Chaffrey to be precise) and we are looking for any recommendations for reliable contractors who can help us renovate the place. Some electrical work, removing the wallpaper and painting the whole place plus some bathroom, possibly kitchen work is what we are looking for. Let me know if you know anyone half reliable and also if you have any tips about this topic in general (best period to do this, where to buy materials, anything really). Thanks!


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Good summer job for Kenx Very Happy
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@stevew, Very Happy

@irbis, pm sent.......Welcome to Serre Che!!!
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@stevew, plus One
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@irbis, we have an apartment in Villeneuve and Herve Fanton from Decosol in Briancon has just redecorated the whole place for us. A fantastic job and left immaculately clean. PM me if you want his email. He doesn’t speak any English though...
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