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Haute Route

~ Saturday 19th April 2008

A week of mixed weather - some great skiing with some anxious times in thick cloud! The last day was spent in cloud as far as the Col de Valpeline, where we emerged to blue skies, views of the Matterhorn and powder fresh tracks to Zermatt. A great end to the trip.

David with Mont Blanc de Cheilon, heading for the Col des Ignes on our alternative Haute Route




The classic Haute Route view - Matterhorn. 2000m descent to Zermatt next!

8th April - best week of the winter?

~ Tuesday 8th April 2008

Well it started badly with awful weather - the Oberland Traverse was abandoned in zero vis, high wind and 50cm of fresh snow. We moved across the valley to Chandolin and stayed in the Illhorn hut, and were rewarded with blue skies, perfect snow and deserted hills! This was the last weekend of the season in Val d'Anniviers - a shame to see the lifts closing with such good conditions.

Snowboarder Adam learning to love skis


Then off to the Moiry hut  from the Grimentz lifts - and the whole valley to ourselves. The next day over the Col de Bréona to Evolene, then 2 days skiing powder around Arolla - endless untracked snow - the only other skiers around at the moment  are lycra clad teams training for next weeks Patrouille des Glaciers. The Col des Ignes was untracked powder from 3200m to the road at Satarma, 1800m.

Al and Adam - first tracks down the Col des Ignes 

 Al below the Col des Ignes


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