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~ Sunday 10th May 2009

Well, that's pretty much it for another season - no more skiing for 6 months! End of season parties in Chamonix, heard the first cuckoo, saw the first motorbike crash...time to get the mountain bike out of the cellar, it must be summer!

My work season finished yesterday with some fresh powder tracks on the Grands Envers at L'Aiguille du Midi.This was supposed to be a Mont Blanc week, working with Dream Guides, but the weather turned stormy on Thursday, leaving no hope our summit attempt. It did mean 25cm of fresh snow though...

Earlier in the week we'd skied perfect spring snow - skiing the Gros Rognon from the Midi in the early morning sun, skinning up to Col du Tacul in the shade, having lunch while the snow softened, then skiing another great descent.

The bottom of the Vallée Blanche is a bit bare now. Some huge wholes opening up, and the Salle a Manger area needs careful route choice. Lower down there's some exciting skiing with alternate bare ice, wet snow and some proper water skiing! 

Skinning up to Col du Tacul

Lunch stop, Mont Blanc behind

Fresh tracks in May!