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~ Wednesday 15th October 2014

There have been a few pictures on the internet recently of early-season ski trips. A snowy summer and unsettled autumn has left glaciers well covered and some promising conditions (skis on the September Pigne traverse would have been fun!), so we got up early and made the long haul up the Pigne d'Arolla this morning. Cabane des Vignettes

We walked all the way to the glacier but skinned from there, leaving training shoes behind in the rocks...

Skiing below the Col du Pigne

...and it was worth it!

The slope above the Col des Vignettes

And a welcome sight!