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@Richie_S - les Nants has one of the most awkward stretches I’ve ever skied, a narrow chute through trees where at one point I had to sideslip over a fallen log. Character building! From what I recall, above the chute was pretty easy (not black) and below was just a road. Having done it once I have no desire to repeat.

Nip over the liaison to Flegere and ski down from there, if that’s an option for you and you want to go top to bottom. Go up the Index and start with Lachenal for a good long run.
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Ok, thanks for the myriad replies and advice. I and the other 6 I am travelling out with are all snowboarding. I sense that this run will sort the men from the boys and, if nothing else, provide a tale to tell in the bar afterwards.

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@under a new name, Munster/B&W still busy? I was in on Saturday for the 'opening party' - was great to see a good crowd back in there, and so many familiar faces I'd not seen in a while, Tony was looking very happy. Had to leave on Sunday though.
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i was in there on saturday after spending the day before in there painting and cleaning lol. its great to have somewhere closer to a real pub!

richie, dont worry about the nantes, i snowboard it and it really isnt that difficult, with decent snow its a real fun run with loads of stuff on the sides to jump off and over!
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@fixx, Hah, I was in briefly on Sat just as I'd walked past en route to Jekyll and noticed it had changed hands. Definitely a big improvement and IT DOESN'T SMELL!!!
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Any chances of vb being open with the ropes up on wednesday?
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@staffsan, On the one occasion I skied the arrête at the end of the season when the ropes had been removed, it was much easier than the standard route either sliding down the path in ski boots hanging onto the rope for dear life or faffing around with crampons!
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staffsan wrote:
Any chances of vb being open with the ropes up on wednesday?


I hope they NEVER put the ropes up. Used to be much better without. Seriously cuts down on the crowds. Also makes the non alpinist feel like they got real value paying for a guide.
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@Idris, hmm, you might have a point there.
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under a new name wrote:

Very fine salmon croute at the Cremerie, which I finally ate in after 11 years.


Thanks for this - caused me to look the place up. Very atmospheric walk from Argentiere through the forest and reasonable cost. Don't go if you're not a cheese fan!
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Last weekend was a big'un! Flew in Thurs and out Mon - got it done. Check it:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BeEiEccHaTv

Frid: Laps of the Helbronner followed by an Italian VB
Sat: A classique vallee blanche in blower pow then a Col du Tacul up and down
Sun: Col du Passon
Mon: Col de l'Encrenaz. A new one for me - a rating of 6.5/10 on the poo-your-pants scale.





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@Fergus, magnifico/magnifique!!!
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@Fergus, crikey, you have some upwards go juice.

Out of curiosity, which Col de L'Encrenaz route was it. Always good to have some terror info.
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On our way from Geneve now! Wish us luck! Do you think anything more than les houches will open tomorrow?
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@HammondR, well I more or less just followed my pal and tried to keep up. However, he skied it last spring and wrote about it in his blog "From Lac Blanc climb the slopes SE of the Chamois / Perseverance / Encrenaz and head up the middle S facing couloir between Breche Martin / Encrenaz." Not sure if the top really is 50deg, but it felt fairly exposed on January/office-job legs. Going green
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@Fergus, impressive few days.

Tweet from Avalanche Academy just now.

“Massive snowfall in #Chamonix right now. Le Tour is being evacuated as is half of Route du Pont (Les Houches) and Bois Ronde.”
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@jbob, flinging flang. Trying our luck in Combloux tomorrow. May get a little wet later on. Are things similarly extreme down Aosta way?
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Arrived in Chamonix last night (friday) - today, chose to board in Les Houches -as Brevent was 'minimally' opened'. Great day - mixed light and mixed pistes. Snowfall through the afternoon. Evacuated? No. took a 4pm Bellevue lift up and then boarded back down. No evidence of evacuation.

Snow turned to rain late on this evening...

We, at least, are expecting it to be a Les Houches day tomorrow as well according to forecast and the lifties we spoke to.
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@jbob, flinging flang. Trying our luck in Combloux tomorrow. May get a little wet later on. Are things similarly extreme down Aosta way?
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@HammondR, nice day today but started snowing heavily around 3pm. Was in cogne, they’ve had some f big slides. It’s 4/5 everywhere and lots of the top lifts are shut. It should be epic from tue onwards, however much caution required I think.
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Evacuated? No.

http://www.ledauphine.com/haute-savoie/2018/01/20/risque-d-avalanches-une-trentaine-d-habitations-evacuee-a-chamonix
Certain very specific parts of Les Houches/Taconnaz were evacuated (30 buildings) - they sit in (albeit protected with avalanche defenses) well known avalanche paths...
See below for some cctv camera footage from the area last week when a large avalanche came down...
http://www.ledauphine.com/haute-savoie/2018/01/20/l-avalanche-du-bourgeat-filmee-par-une-camera-de-surveillance-les-houches
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And here (also last week) - same place... http://www.ledauphine.com/haute-savoie/2018/01/09/avalanche-aux-houches-une-quinzaine-de-chalets-impactes-montagne-neige
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“Weather and conditions of circulation as at 20 January 2018 at 10 h30
(Follow-up to the security committee this morning)
Given the weather conditions of the moment and forecast for the weekend (1,50 of rainfall is announced at 2000 M by Monday morning):
- the col pass remains closed
- trails at the foot of the slopes are prohibited
- about houses from the top of the valley of chamonix and à, located in a high-risk area of Avalanche, are evacuated today (the inhabitants are directly warned).
- a closure of the roads " from montroc to le tour " and " from the planet " is possible at the end of the day this Saturday 20 January or tomorrow Sunday 21 January.
All community and security services are mobilized, on the ground and in town hall where a telephone reception is provided this Saturday and tomorrow Sunday from 10 am to 20 pm: 04 50 53 11 13.”
From the Marie's office yesterday.

The le tour road was closed at 8:30pm.
The avalanche catcher above pont next to taconnaz was filled up by the last storm.
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Here we go again.
5/5
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@offpisteskiing, well. Thanks for that. Didn’t hear a peep of that in resort today.
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Driving back from the Les Houches climbing wall tonight at about 7:30 was verging on carnage because there was an inch of snow settled on the road. Cars embedded in the banking of the dual carriageway and on the slip road into Les Pèlerans. The only positive thing to report is that they were all on French plates.

We will all be washed away tomorrow.
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@Richie_S, it is quite localised ... (but quite serious for those in that 'localised' area!!)
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@HammondR Why is it positive that they're on French plates? I'm not overly concerned about the nationality of the car (or drive, often different here in Chamonix) about to plow into me, more worried about the bit where they're about to plow into me!

On a positive note, this evening's rising of the rain/snow line seems to be delayed a bit, still snowing pretty heavy (with heavy snow...) in Chamonix town.
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Some interesting maps here.

https://www.chamonix.fr/environnement-et-prevention-des-risques/prevention-des-risques/129-les-plans-opposables-ppri-ppra.html
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@Grum p, please yourself
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Meanwhile in Aosta.
Been to see the Bolshoi ballet do Romeo and Juliet tonight, live broadcast from Moscow, at the cinema. Snacks and fizzy wine in the intervals.

@HammondR, here’s me thinking grum p was your sock.
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Still snowing heavy in cham village, wasnt the snowline supposed to rise as early as yesterday evening? Makes for a happy Staffsan! Smile
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You’re lucky. Raining heavily in Verbier at 1500m all night
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avalanche risk is getting ridiculous now. carrefour's been closed just outside of town and its been mentioned that they are assessing the risk around the rockypop hotel. no wonder they got the land so cheap lol.
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@eddiethebus, Shocked Shocked
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The back road from Les Praz from the old Rabbit on the Roof site through to nearly town is also now closed.
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just so long as it doesnt effect half price burgers tonight i'll be happy Very Happy
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Raining quite heavily in town now. I have had to set about cleaning my place and tuning/waxing skis to keep me out of the ale house.

@jbob, wonder if there is such a thing as Gare des Glaciers feaver?
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Was anyone up GM today? It’d be interesting to hear how the snow was, and how high it’s been rained on if at all.
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My missus says our downstairs neighbour went to GM today and had a great time. He said the Herse opened at 11am and was well skied by 1pm (skied out in his words, but that might be hyperbole).

The OH on the other hand went to Brevent as she was accompanying a beginner, and said it was 'not good' (she didn't actually use those words).
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