So right now its the easter holidays, usually a time when the sun is out, the snow is rapidly melting and families are terrorising the pistes. But something strange has happened this winter, it suddenly feels like it winter again, we had a week of strong winds and snow which now means that we are having the best end of season conditions, there is a lot of nice fresh snow and the sun is out......perfect spring powder!
The past four days have been insane. Each day has been spent hiking, split boarding and finding freshies. Two days ago we hiked 4 separate lines in one day and were rewarded with probably the best fresh snow of the season, that day ended with me and Sam putting lines down the most exposed and dangerous face i think i have ever been on, and probably in the les arcs area. We were both pretty nervous but confident. After a long chat with the pisteurs (who blatantly didn't want us to do it) and with a handful of people watching we picked out way through amazing snow, trying to avoid some serious cliffs. Any fall is this part would not have ended well.
We made it down and put two fresh lines in the bottom section this was followed by big high fives and over the top whooping!
Yesterday was another great day, we decided to do some touring and hit a perfect untracked face we spotted the day before. We started by defending off the Grand Col chair lift in Les Arcs and down to the backside of the face we were trying to get to. A pretty nice 30 min tour up to the summit and we were rewarded with a stunning North-West aspect face with some stunning powder. It was a fun run down with lot of natural hits.
Once at the bottom it was skins back on to tour back up to a slope a bit further up the valley, again a fairly short skin up was rewarded with incredible fresh lines, it was really late in the day so the sun had heated the snow up nicely. It was soft but safe. The sun was intense and made for hard energy sapping touring, the english man in me was not used to the bright thing in the sky and my skin is definitely not thanking me for it now.......but thats nothing a few beers can't fix.
Again....what an incredible season this has been. Every week my riding is being pushed and constantly gaining more confidence and skills. Truly has been a great winter here in France with great friends.