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 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Head to the far end of Serre Chevalier valley, Monetier and ski the world class larch forest off the Crete des Lauzieres Cool

With avy risk at 4 though 3 lower down and many lifts shut along with demanding visibility Monetier is always a good call.

In fact it's where many guided groups from La Grave ski when La Meije is shut as was the case for me some twenty years ago!

Whilst only one chair was open that provides access to a fair number of pistes and one drag, and it was so empty this morning skiing untracked knee deep powder on the piste.

Then it was time to tackle the Crete des Lauzieres ridge hike which is quite arduous especially in deep fresh snow hence the reason I opted to do it mid morning as I saw a few local freeride dudes that I thought would have broken the first tracks and by the time we did it all of five people have been down.

There's a bit of a demanding section with steep drops either side before you get to the steep trees and then you can let yourself go but you have to be aware of the cliffs either side, so don't be too tempted by the untracked Toofy Grin

And unlike the trees where I was avalanched last season these are far safer.

And my OH has no issues in them even though they are pretty steep in places, as ever the camera never shows the true angle!


http://youtube.com/v/YGx3YS7SZ8M

There's a longer vid of skiing the nigh on empty pistes in the Serre reports thread.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Nice footage, lucky people!

Have skied Serre Che including Monetier but not in those fab conditions.
Notice no helmet, never worn one myself to date but have bought one for my next trip. U not tempted in the trees? Smile
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