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~ Thursday 28th January 2016

Slightly cloudy today, for a change. We started with the hike up to the Roc d'Orxival summit, and some nice turns in the steep NE side before a big traverse left lead to the top of the "hidden" gully...This is steep at the top, a proper "aprés-ski" 45 degrees, quite narrow...and completely untouched soft snow. Brilliant!

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That left us with the afternoon to fill, but the Col du Tsan delivered yet more untracked snow - although the top is completely dry at the moment and you have to walk in!

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Skinning back over the Brinta we were glad of the cloud cover, and happy also to find some more good snow on the descent to St Jean.