I was hoping that the snow fairies had been working hard overnight and into the early hours to transform the nigh on unskiable depth of snow of we had yesterday where we were stuck on 25%+ slopes into better powder, read about that here.
Target for today was the Col de la Cucumelle (top of the Vallons lift), and being on my own I was climbing quite quickly at around 500m per hour, and there are quite a few flat sections.
Twas a gamble to go back up to where we'd been yesterday but I couldn't be bothered to deal with the weekend warriors up at the Lautaret and Italians at Montgenevre!
Thankfully after the rat-track ran out just above the steep part of the Vallons where they're working on a snow cannon there was a decent skin track and I reckoned that there were four of five in front of me, so not exactly busy.
As I was on the flattish section before the last steep bit before the Col the other skiers came down and I was happy to see that even on the flat bit they were having no issues with the snow.
At the Col I opted to climb just a little more to the left at the start of the ridge just up from the weather station as there was a steeper line to be had (centre of the image below).
Total climb was 1,150m in just over 2hrs 15m and as you can see the Snow Fairies did a pretty good job!
The Style Altitude Team have now clocked up five six tour sorties above2,500m and we can confirm that there is at least a good 100cm above 2,300
A few days ago we had one of tour best ski tours of 2019 read more about that here
What kind of winter will we have in the Alps? Does snow in November mean a pow-fest season? You can check the signs, stats, swings and the long-range weather forecasts for snowfall in the Alps, this winter, here. Or you can burn all your kit as a sacrifice to the Snow Gods...
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