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Monterosa: Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna

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Anyone stayed at the Monboso? Looking at a trip later in the season but need to find a TO that will cater for single rooms (dwindling ski group, and TO offerings are easier). Monboso has come up as an option. I've stayed at the DuFour in the gnarlibug, happy enough with the skiing on offer but wondering about that hotel
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@nbt, I have stayed at the Monboso three times. It was full board, don't know if there are other options. This worked well for the ski club that I was with as we didn't need to organize lunch for the kids. Food was really good, rooms finished to a high standard with comfortable beds.
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looks pretty gnar - nice full send for a little guy
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@rjs, thanks, definitely an option then
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Woooooohooooo.

It's snowing.

Been gently snowing since around 2pm.

Perhaps 5cm so far up top. Road on Staffal looking well white. Which is a mixed blessing as our hire car is on summer tyres with snow chains and I'm wondering if I'm illegal?

Not too concerned about the practicalities yet as the snow is forecast to stop tomorrow morning then two sunny warm dry days before we leave. We'll just take the ski bus tomorrow.

I hope. eek
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I think I may have timed this right for once, arrived in Italy today, snowing this evening right down in Aosta Valley at 550m, must be puking it down up on the mountains. Sun should appear sometime in the morning. Looking good for the weekend!!
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Dontcha know it Luigi

About 10cm at Staffal just now. If the lifts do open tomorrow then it will be epic up top tomorrow.
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Did it snow overnight?
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Yes absolutely stacks. (Well, more than forecast anyway)
Maybe about ten inches or so. Difficult to tell as the wind picked up in the night.
Variable quality though, nice in the trees at Weissmatten and crusty up top at Staffal
Lovely and soft for the kid landing jumps in the trees.....

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Nice. Popping over for the weekend tomorrow. Looking forward to the food wink
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Yes, 20cm or so, maybe 25cm. Transformed the pistes, although rather heavy snow off-piste. Had a great day's skiing today.
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J2R wrote:
although rather heavy snow off-piste.


Glad it wasn't just me. Hard work
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Yes, tried some off-piste alongside the Salati-Gabiet run, which was a little challenging, with constantly changing texture. Chickened out back on to the piste. Trees under Seehorn lift looked nice but didn't get a chance to test.
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J2R wrote:
Yes, 20cm or so, maybe 25cm. Transformed the pistes, although rather heavy snow off-piste. Had a great day's skiing today.


wink Got there in the end J2R
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Punta Indren open tomorrow.

How easy is the easiest route?
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With new snow, no harder than a steepish black. The Canale dell'Acquila has a narrow but not long couloir which is fine when snow is fresh but less fun when icy and mogulled. Should be OK tomorrow, I imagine, as it's pretty high up and won't have been tracked today. I plan to do it myself.
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Have PMd You.
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Just be aware folks, that they do occasionally control the Punta Indren lift for avvy kit ...
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Well the missus decreed we'd do Punta Indren with the kids. We were quite nervous about route finding so it took a while, but the sprogs were fine once we got going. Did the open gully slope to skiers' right of what I guess is the Candle.

TBH it was already too hot in the late morning. Found some much better fresh powder on some north facing slopes later in the day which skied much nicer. Still was good to try it.

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@TheGeneralist, did the kids have avvy kit (just out of nosiness).

We’ve been checked a couple of times, I am assuming nervousness correlated with expected risk.
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Wanted to do stuff off Punta Indren but wife deterred by generally crap snow conditions up top, with hard wind-blown crust, so bailed in the end. TBH puzzled by how much conditions on and off piste had degenerated since yesterday. Not a great day's skiing.
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@TheGeneralist, did the kids have avvy kit (just out of nosiness).


Yes of course Very Happy Pieps, shovel, probe and airbags. We even practiced in the Artva Campo earlier in the week when most of the lifts were shut.

Obviously that's only part of the bigger picture but I'm trying to do the right thing with them. Part of me thinks it's evil even taking them off piste and part of me knows they'll be going off piste on their own in a few years anyway so I might as well share my meagre knowledge and encourage them to learn as much as they can.

Difficult choices to make though

Cheers
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J2R.

Are you still there? We made a crucial ( and yet obvious in hindsight) discovery late yesterday afternoon after lots of sunny sludgy off piste, loads of breakable crust and loads of nasty strastrugi (sp)

Eventually we found a section of northish facing sheltered powder under a cliff and it was sublime, even at 3pm. .
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At the top of the first gondola from Staffal is the small chair that services the jumps park, and the start of the long gondola up to the Alagna coll and Punta Indren télésiège.....

Just above the junction is a lovely crescent shaped cornice (a tiny one) ....
(Shown better on the photo on page two). The snow here was great all day, never got hard or soft/slushy/sticky. At exactly the same aspect, but much bigger is a lovely slope below/alongside a tiny cliff. Behind it. Ie take the Two person chair from Town (the tiny one that is always open) then take the next chair and head sharp left.

I'll try and get the photos off my camera


Anyway, long story short, there is great snow there but you need to look for sheltered sections out of the sun.


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@TheGeneralist, well done. I agree with you, best get it habitual. We tend to always kit up now as you always find a little stash when you aren’t “carrying” and have to ski it anyway Twisted Evil

We only possess one airbag so it never gets used he he he.
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I agree with you, best get it habitual. We tend to always kit up now as you always find a little stash when you aren’t “carrying” and have to ski it anyway


Doh. We totally did that on Tuesday. Rocked up at Weissmatten to find it had a lovely dump of fresh snow that the rest of the valley had missed.
Only had one Pieps between us, which is kinda useless.



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We only possess one airbag so it never gets used he he he.


After much cogitating, I decided to buy two this year. The kids wear them. The thinking was that having four might make us take more risks and thus actually subject the kids to more danger than not having them.
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@TheGeneralist, titter.

On the airbag front, I know someone in Chamonix who stopped carrying his as he was sure it was making him less risk averse.

Tootled around with the niblings today. Flat light. But all good. I suspect some reasonable h.p. to be found.
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@TheGeneralist, I think I know where you mean. Thanks for the tip - alas, too late, as I headed off home yesterday!
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Visited Champoluc montarosa yesterday, excellent conditions, blue bird day, and they'd had enough overnight snow to give a nice layer to ski on. Very impressed with the ski area, cruisy reds, great vertical and really long runs and fast 'ups', not crowded at all. 38 restaurants, so finding a place for coffee and lunch is no issue. Very Happy

Not the place to go on poor weather as wind and pooor visibility would soon shut it down as the links over the peaks are high. But right up there in best places to ski on a sunny day.
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