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~ Saturday 14th March 2015

For a change of scene we made the short drive over to St Luc on Thursday. A pleasant cruise round deserted piste and some epic button lifts lead to the Bella Tolla. From here an eye-opening traverse on early morning frozen snow left us looking into a long, north-facing descent - which was well worth the effort!

Remember it hasn't snowed for over a week!

Bella Tolla in the distance - deserted and un-tracked the whole way!

Quick descent to the Illsee

And a quick climb to the Illhorn. Still haven't seen anyone all day (except for these 3 of course)

Steep, shady skiing in the Illhorn NW couloir.

...on perfect grippy snow

...before re-emerging into the sun.

After so much good and spookily deserted skiing, it was a challenge to find a grand finale tour for the Friday! We decided to go sunny side, skiing down open slopes below the Becs des Bossons hut (no time for a coffee stop!) before skinning back up to the Basset de Levron. It's a good sign when you have to make a track to a col...

Reaching the Basset de Levron

...because you know it won't be hard to find un-tracked snow on the other side!

Fine views south to the Moiry valley and Dent Blanche

Poor photo of perfect snow. Tiny figure skiing the south face of the col

As it was still only 1pm we gambled on finding some good cold snow on the opposite aspect - a 15 minutes skin after lunch led to another fine descent.

Cold snow on the NE face below Pt 2761

All that remained was a fast cruise down the road below the Moiry dam...but as it happened, this was where we earned our turns! Re-freezing crust turned to long stretches of old avalanche debris on the road, the last thing the legs need on the afternoon of day 6!

Thanks everyone for a great week's skiing!