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~ Sunday 20th April 2014

It's hard to get excited about skiing when it rains on the morning drive round to Grimentz, but we went out for a look and were rewarded with a great day yesterday. Almost better for being so unexpected, the skiing was good with 5-10cm of fresh snow on a firm base. Fresh tracks for miles down Orzival, the Chamois bowl and a final run off the top of the Roc d'Orzival, still totally untracked.

Today it was back to normal with cloudless blue skies, so we set off touring towards the Sassenaire. Nice spring snow below the Cabane des Becs de Bossons, then a hot climb to the little col above the Basset de Levron. From there perfect spring snow all the way down to the dam, with just enough snow cover to sneak along the track and ski all the way to Grimentz car park. The ski season isn't over yet!