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Chamonix Snow Report 20/21

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Alex A wrote:
Even with a video of a natural slide on the way up the cable car coming down right in front of them...


Wasn’t that set off by Papy Milet and Tof Henry? Let’s hope they checked there was no one below them Shocked
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@BobinCH, that's what I heard / thought too ....
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Alex A wrote:
Yet you see so many people posting Mallory, Eugster descents etc on social media, playing roulette, 1 or 2 days later.


Bienvenue à Chamonix...

Friends of mine skied the Mallory and Col du Plan on ‘opening day’ (same day as the Cosmique accidents) Were they right, were they wrong? Everyone has to make their own choice as to what is ‘acceptable’ risk/reward balance...
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offpisteskiing wrote:
Alex A wrote:
Yet you see so many people posting Mallory, Eugster descents etc on social media, playing roulette, 1 or 2 days later.


Bienvenue à Chamonix...

Friends of mine skied the Mallory and Col du Plan on ‘opening day’ (same day as the Cosmique accidents) Were they right, were they wrong? Everyone has to make their own choice as to what is ‘acceptable’ risk/reward balance...


All the routes were perfectly skiable with due care - slough managment, cutting slopes and stopping in safe(r) zonses.

AFAIK the Cosmiques was being skied full on freeride style. Which IMHO is not a good idea first run after very long time.

Generaly the steeper runs are skied with more care than the Rond and Cosmiques becase the margin for error is less. Not that there is much margin for error in the Rond or Cosmiques.
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Yeah I've skied both Rond and Cosmiques and I know the exposure is still pretty up there for most of us.

What I think is fact is that whilst you can say its all possible to manage with the right decisions etc, but the fact is the signs were there and there were MANY natural slides. So I think that the risks taken by some were crossing the line. But I suppose they will be happy with their choices until they make a mistake and then don't have a choice again in future... blunt comment, but also fair I think.

Each to their own. Maybe I feel like this as my kids are now 13/15 and the amount of risk you are prepared to take goes down as you get older. Clearly talent overtakes logic sometimes and I think this is very true in this type of skiing. You'll say all day long that you had it under control, until you don't.
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Alex A wrote:
Yeah I've skied both Rond and Cosmiques and I know the exposure is still pretty up there for most of us.

What I think is fact is that whilst you can say its all possible to manage with the right decisions etc, but the fact is the signs were there and there were MANY natural slides. So I think that the risks taken by some were crossing the line. But I suppose they will be happy with their choices until they make a mistake and then don't have a choice again in future... blunt comment, but also fair I think.

Each to their own. Maybe I feel like this as my kids are now 13/15 and the amount of risk you are prepared to take goes down as you get older. Clearly talent overtakes logic sometimes and I think this is very true in this type of skiing. You'll say all day long that you had it under control, until you don't.


They were chomping at the bit with no lifts all season and then the AdM opening with lots of fresh. The powder frenzy must have been off the scale...
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