The STYLE ALTITUDE regular ski blog and webcam with daily updates in the winter featuring weather, conditions and riding reports on piste, off piste, sidecountry, slackcountry and backcountry from our HQ in the Southern Alps. Also, regular posts throughout the year with blogs and news from the mountains.
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- 27th April 2017
- Elaine Deed
There's a gloomy canopy of grey cloud, today, although there's a snow line at around 2000m but we'll need a day or two of freeze/thaw before contemplating any more spring touring.
Meanwhile, we have two new ski tour recruits, Dale and Ashley, whom we kitted out with touring boots, skis and skins for a first hike to 2700m with Gavin up at Lautaret on Tuesday. They took to it like a Jack Russell to chasing marmot whistles. The Rando Chiens, of course, didn't disappoint...
JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT'S ALL OVER
- 26th April 2017
- Elaine Deed
This morning we woke up to a white out (image below). It was tempting to get excited and head for the hill except, of course, as there are no lifts it would mean touring up in very little vis.
So we waited until it stopped snowing at around 11am, did some shopping and then drove to the Col du Lautaret just to see how much had fallen up higher. As we stood throwing wet lumpy snowballs down the hill for the Jacks who ploughed gamely up in the heavy snow that was around their head height (25cms) we could hear the ominous runbling of snow sliding from some great heights. When the cloud cleared we could see that the fresh snow had slithered from nearly every available warm rock surface (see second image).
There's more snow due here, tomorrow, then some inevitable wind. Fingers crossed this will be follwed by freeze/thaw and good ski touring for our final days of the season! Watch this space.
Catch up on this winter's ski blogs:
April 2017 ski blog
March 2017 ski blog
February 2017 ski blog
January 2017 ski blog
December 2016 ski blog
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