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Ski tour in Switzerland

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Just back from a few days with friend & guide, Tim Blakemore in Switzerland.

I went along as an "observer" with Tim and 3 clients. We spent the first night at the Hospice at the Col de Grand St Bernard after a foray up a neigbouring valley in pretty poor visibility but found some good powder anyway. From there we headed up to the hospice. It's the first time I've stayed there and was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome and copious amounts of hot sweet tea; just the job after being out in the cold and a bit dehydrated.

The following day we headed for the Mont Fourchon and then the Pain de Sucre that was around Scottish grade II. An excellent top. A good ski down with some untracked powder starting at around 35 - 40 deg. We got back to the area of the road and did some transceiver and probing practice before heading back to the hospice. A good dinner - loads of soup, polenta and beef, etc. We took the time to have a look around the museum and went to the brief evening service run by the "monks". Optional.

The following day we took in 3 cols before running down the Combe de l'A. On the north facing slopes the snow was good with great views across to the Grande Jorasses and Mont Blanc. A final run down to Liddes got us to within 200m of my car that we had placed to avoid a taxi back to our starting point. We stayed the night at Bourg St Pierre in the "Petit Velan" in the centre of the village. Recommended.

A great couple of days and Tim's clients stayed on to do another 2 days while I headed back to Albertville.

I'm "observing" Tim again in a few weeks in the Vanoise but if you're looking for a guide for off-piste / mountaineering in Chamonix or the Vallee Blanche.; a great Geordie lad!
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
marksavoie, I went up to the Hospice in Jan, and totally agree that the Tea is wonderful. Seemed to have magical qualities! Also received a very warm welcome from the Monks. Coincidentally the weather was also somewhat challenging, poor vis and very cold temps. Few pix here...
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