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Ski Touring 2021, let's see your lockdown lines!

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In response to Weathercam, seems a perfectly good idea to post all your ideas here, after all, it seems BobinCH is no longer a Wally Laughing
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KenX wrote:
In response to Weathercam, seems a perfectly good idea to post all your ideas here, after all, it seems BobinCH is no longer a Wally Laughing


I was going to say that as well Laughing

So doubling up I know Very Happy

Anyway Kenx and I went out yesterday and I opted for a route that maybe was not the best choice bearing in mind it was for both of us our first real tour of the season.

I nick-named the route 47 Kick Turns after the first time we did it which is sort of self-explanatory and as it's in the forest can be tough at times especially over 2,000m.

Prior to going, I'd decided to take a different descent to the more usual one, so after using Google Earth and maps to correlate the glades off we set.

Luckily or not a well-defined skin track was present, the only issue was that at times was quite slippery and hard-packed so best strategy on the kick-turns was to try and go into what soft-snow there was at the sides.

Decided to transition in the trees as even though we could have gone higher it was more exposed and I think Kenx measured the slope angle at 36 where we were and those open gulleys with no trees were like that for a reason!

Gnarly climb



And obviously thought better of posting any pictures of me enjoying myself so as not to antagonise the Forum Police Laughing



Do now have a bit of a blister, as I used too small a competed on the hot-spot after my first tour up the piste, I can feel the sympathy Laughing
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I'll kick off with a little lappage of the meadows opposite our chalet, our village on the right of the first pic:



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Sounds like gun running or drug smuggling, "lock - down lines"!
Well done guys, keep the pics coming good to see folk out and about.
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No lockdown and ski resorts open in Sweden, but only lift based skiing done so far this season. Planning some touring or ski trekking though Smile

Keep the pictures coming.
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Themasterpiece wrote:
......Keep the pictures coming.

+1
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KenX wrote:
I'll kick off with a little lappage of the meadows opposite our chalet, our village on the right of the first pic:


You're doing well if you own a chalet and a village.

Just to be clear - I've seen the pics and the elevation map 3 times now, did you do it three times or just the once?

+3 for the pics though.

PS I would love to send some of my recent pics of me skining up then bursting through the deep powder on the way down - but up this end of the alps there are only bits of man made snow about at the ski resorts and millions of Viennese fair weather skiers fighting for it.
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Here's some images of the last week or so, Skiing around the Écrins and the Queyras.











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@ecrinscollective,

Nice Cool
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@ecrinscollective, that has to be Richard in that last one Laughing
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Hi Rob, who let you in? Laughing
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DB wrote:
KenX wrote:
I'll kick off with a little lappage of the meadows opposite our chalet, our village on the right of the first pic:


You're doing well if you own a chalet and a village.

Just to be clear - I've seen the pics and the elevation map 3 times now, did you do it three times or just the once?


Just the chalet sadly...........

2 laps was enough for me as I had a whingeing septuagenerian with me moaning about all the kick turns.......

No, it wasn't Weathercam Laughing
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spyderjon wrote:
Themasterpiece wrote:
......Keep the pictures coming.

+1


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that has to be Richard in that last one


yep that's him all in black messing with my photos.

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Hi Rob, who let you in?


I know I figure they will throw me out at some point Confused
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Relatively big day out in the Glen Feshie hills local to me in the Northern Cairngorms making the most of exceptional weather and snow cover.





One for another day



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@charlie.wilkinson, that looks epic. When Scotland is on, it really is on. I've been fortunate to hit the jackpot a couple of times. Enjoy
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Too many great pictures floating around and too much time to study them.
I was sure that I had seen more from@charlie.wilkinson, than appeared on the "Scotland" thread. Here they are
Out of interest, is it snowing up there today?
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Slight thread drift - anyone ever powder skied in a kilt? If so what's it like, refreshing?
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DB wrote:
Slight thread drift - anyone ever powder skied in a kilt? If so what's it like, refreshing?


Apparently it comes into it’s own in waist deep powder snowHead
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Today's jolly was on the Briançon side of the ski area, we left a car at Puy St André and then drove to Puy St Pierre, where we hiked up to round about the bottom of the Rocher Blanc chairlift, then skied down to Puy St André in some sweet sun-softened powder Very Happy





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KenX wrote:
Today's jolly was on the Briançon side of the ski area, we left a car at Puy St André and then drove to Puy St Pierre, where we hiked up to round about the bottom of the Rocher Blanc chairlift, then skied down to Puy St André in some sweet sun-softened powder Very Happy





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Looks awesome! How’s the snow down your way?
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@BobinCH, Amazingly good, just enough to keep us going Very Happy
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Great pics all.

BobinCH wrote:
DB wrote:
Slight thread drift - anyone ever powder skied in a kilt? If so what's it like, refreshing?


Apparently it comes into it’s own in waist deep powder snowHead


The airbag crotch strap could cause some problems though. (asymmetric turns for a start)


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I'm starting to get concerned, there is a severe lack of jack russels in this thread.
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I'm starting to get concerned, there is a severe lack of jack russels in this thread.



Here you go, though not ski-touring, Kiki is getting on and is showing it, plus they both find powder hard work and when it's cold (-13) like it was this morning Beanie suffers, that said they can happily do 10km XC at a faster pace than touring snowHead



And more pics from this morning.







And even though it was really cold soon quickly shed layers, but as soon as you were in the shade of the trees!
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Weathercam wrote:
DB wrote:
I'm starting to get concerned, there is a severe lack of jack russels in this thread.



Here you go, though not ski-touring, Kiki is getting on and is showing it, plus they both find powder hard work and when it's cold (-13) like it was this morning Beanie suffers, that said they can happily do 10km XC at a faster pace than touring snowHead





Yes, but what about the dogs??????????
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DB wrote:
I'm starting to get concerned, there is a severe lack of jack russels in this thread.


Another one for you from today, was rather luscious, till I tore my binding off Puzzled

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=149515&start=400

Twas circa 1,100m climbing in 2:30:00'ish

https://www.strava.com/activities/4586702047



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Meadow skipping old powder at 3000m Obergurgl today (the resort is closed 'til at least 21st Jan) - this is normally a red piste:


http://youtube.com/v/6rWs3YZ4Bmg

Snow conditions are kinda weird around here - low tide in the majority of Tirol, then deep (but kinda spooky with weak layers) in Ost Tirol and at the ends of the big glacial valleys running south in the main alpine ridge.
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clarky999 wrote:
Meadow skipping old powder at 3000m Obergurgl today (the resort is closed 'til at least 21st Jan) - this is normally a red piste:


http://youtube.com/v/6rWs3YZ4Bmg

Snow conditions are kinda weird around here - low tide in the majority of Tirol, then deep (but kinda spooky with weak layers) in Ost Tirol and at the ends of the big glacial valleys running south in the main alpine ridge.


Oh wow. Looks fabulous snowHead
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A great day on La Blanche,









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@clarky999, hi Matt, it looks awesome. I know that area quite well - that's from the top of the schemerbahn gondola in Hochgurgl.
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Great pics & clips guys.
Keep em coming.
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At least once a season I tour up from the village next to us, La Salles Les Alpes, 1,435m heading towards the Col de Granon and the Gardiole 2,753m, and usually when I'm far more acclimatised!

The method behind the thinking is that everyone else who tours up the Granon starts a good kilometre away at Villard Late so with this route I normally have the mountain to myself. It's an area I know very well, almost my back-garden as I cycle and run up there a lot!

Today I opted to boot-pack a steep path in the forest as opposed to a winding Chemin to gain elevation fast.

As I broke out of the forest the snow-pack was decidedly wind-affected so the next couple of hours I climbed trying to suss out where the best cold snow would be for the all-important descent and at least on a couple of occasions I came close to packing in.

However, the snow became better and I was rewarded with a long descent, devoid of people and tracks, well apart from animal tracks as you'll see Very Happy

It was only when I was editing the video, and it is long, as I'm talking pretty well all the way through it, that I noticed the knocking sounds of my bindings, but hopefully you'll find the bollox I'm spouting of interest, not least about my 97 year old Mum who tested positive for Covid yesterday!

It was nigh on 1,250m of vertical.


http://youtube.com/v/OWqNEzEFhSM
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Well I for one enjoyed the bollox.
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Never mind the bollox wink what was causing the knocking sound? Get well wishes to Mama Weathercam ( some mother‘s do ave em Toofy Grin )
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@Weathercam, very interesting, what kind of vehicles go up that wider track?
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@Weathercam, Iike it. Fingers crossed for you mum.
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Ony one so far, and all either piste or pisted by numbers of people, hopefull for some fresh later this week.


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Nice, great drone footage.
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