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Spring ski tour? or was this todays conditions?
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@Markhandford, it was today, we’ve got spring-like conditions at the mo, just without the depth!
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Nice tour. It was lovely to share some turns with you gents.
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Mmmmmm bad news; latest forecasts for weekend onwards have changed and looks like we're now missing out compared to over the Lautaret and Aosta way Crying or Very sad
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Another opening day as it were, and we'd sort of mentally prepared to go off the back from Prorel and ski some Spring snow, however once going up the CDB became obvious that maybe there was some powder about, et Bingo Cool


http://youtube.com/v/v_5LcoFR08M&feature=youtu.be
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Yup, it was pretty much good everywhere yesterday, surprisingly nice under the fresh snow, was expecting re-frozen chopped-up crud under the 10cm of fresh snow, but was pleasantly surprised, just as well as I was on my slalom skis Very Happy
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Feckin howling out there today, and that's in the valley!

Top of Eychauda and Clot Gauthier look distinctly unpleasant at times.

And looks set to continue for a good few days Mad

Might be time to set the bike up in the garage me thinks
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Feckin howling out there today, and that's in the valley!

Top of Eychauda and Clot Gauthier look distinctly unpleasant at times.

And looks set to continue for a good few days Mad

Might be time to set the bike up in the garage me thinks


Fair weather Charlie Very Happy Thought Siberia would have toughened you up?
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Not a breath of wind here.........?
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@KenX, look up on the peaks.

@BobinCH, don't mind cold, but crazy winds no good to man nor beast Toofy Grin

Looking at radar on t'laptop and then actually up the valley towards Lautaret / Galibier and Monetier is just about on the border of the weather.
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@Weathercam, was up round lunchtime with LynnX, it was breezy, but not windy as such.....
Felt way colder than the thermometer suggested and pistes were rock-hard in the shade.........
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@KenX, yes wind did seem to ease around lunchtime and I was almost tempted to go up and take a look, but decided on setting up the torture chamber and that took a good hour plus of tech mares, which I knew I'd be in for, but all sorted.

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17:15 Sunday - down in the valley it's not as bonkers as further up.

Earlier we drove the 10km down to Briancon (1,200m) for their Xmas market.

We left La Salle (1,400m) and temps were 4℃ and not that windy, down in Briancon was calm almost mild 7℃ as we were well wrapped up.

Driving back said to the OH shall we drive up to the Col du Lautaret.

A km past our turning wind was kicking in, by Monetier 1,500m and 3℃ and light snow, another 3km and 100m snow laying in the road and at 1,700 bonkers windy/blizzard conditions (vid below), and the sensible option was to turn round!


http://youtube.com/v/Ts6l8RPPQLI

So was back in the torture chamber again.

Think it's grim again tomorrow.

Then Tuesday onwards will be a challenge to work out how to make the most of the conditions and/or road trip Puzzled
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@Weathercam, We are thinking of visiting Serre (Chantemerle) for one week from sat Dec 15 next. That will be the first full week of the season. Wondering how normally the first week of the season is in terms of opening lifts en pistes. If snow cover allows do they open all, or will it be a slow start with 50% open.

It looks like until next Saturday not much snow will fall. With the actual conditions what would be the forecast regarding open pistes en lifts?

P.S. Sorry for my English. Embarassed
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@Japie, they will open a fair number of lifts, certainly more than last weekend, plus Monetier as well.

But there again don't hold me to it as there is often no logic as to what actually happens.

We've had around ten to 15 cms in the valley overnight, see cam in our garden
http://stylealtitude.com/serrechevalierweathercam.html though very very windy in the valley, might well be another day indoors.
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Couldn't face another session in the garage on the turbo and even though it was very windy thought that maybe skinning up the Casse du Boeuf might not be too windy and I could see from here some decent tracks.

A good 15-20cm of fresh snow and where the Marteau joins the Casse the powder was very good indeed.

I was joined by a French couple and the woman was very strong indeed, and her partner agreed with my observation, but hey they were both youngsters in their early fifties Laughing

I did let them go pass so the snow was beaten down for Les Chiens who had given up chasing all the over the mountain and were quite content to follow in our tracks.

I can also confirm that the Pres du Bois drag is no more, as I finally clocked it was no longer there (was there in the late summer), though having been up there a number of times already but I was not actually looking out for it Crying or Very sad

The powder was really good all the way down to the Marteau and thereafter it was still not too bad.

All in all a good decision to go out today!

Though am a tad knackered having climbed nigh on 900m in just over an hour and a half moving time!


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@Weathercam, Thanks for the info. I just booked and could make use of the "opening Deal"; day pass € 15,=! Very Happy
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@Weathercam, Gav, have to say your dogs are so entertaining. Even with mowhawks!
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