It was a cold morning. -14 degrees Celsius down in the valley. After the strong winds we had the last few days we decided to go to the more sheltered Les Houches. Les Houches is often overlooked by the people that come to visit Chamonix. It’s a small place at the end of the valley and it has some outstanding forest-skiing. This day was no exception. With a little bit of hiking you can get a lot of first tracks.
Fortunately the weather forecast was wrong for today. They had predicted that the temperature was going to rise to 12 degrees in the valley and rain up to 2200m. We went to Le Tour and skied different variations from Tete de Balme all day. The snow was great and we were all alone.
It had snowed heavily in Italy all day yesterday so Courmayeur seemed to be the best choice for the day. All the northerly aspects were in great condition. We had knee deep powder all the way down to the valley floor. We skied different variations down to Val Veni all day.
Another day in Courmayeur. Today the top lifts were closed. But no one had opened the furtherest skiers right variation from the top of the Baite drag lift in to the Dolonne valley so there was plenty of fresh knee deep powder to be had. After a couple of runs people had started to follow in to our little secret spot and it was time to put the skins on. With about 45 mins of skinning you can reach a higher entrance to the Dolonne valley. From here there was about 1000m of vertical untracked northfacing 35° snow to be had. We did it twice and agreed that this was as good as it gets.