Big snow little snow; Little snow big snow

6th Feb 2013

A Scottish game keeper once said to me “Big snow, little snow.  Little snow, big snow.”  When the snowflakes are big the volume of snow is small.  When the snowflakes are smaller the volume of snow is greater.  Today was exactly that; little snow, big snow.  Small snowflakes fell continually throughout the day, and by the time returned to clear the snow off the car we had “big snow”.

The skiing this week has been some of the best so far this season.  Even with the lift closures and the high avalanche risk it has been possible to find fantastic snow low down in the trees.  There are parts of the mountain that I have never seen so well filled in. 

This week I have been running another Ski Performance for Mountaineers course.  On this course we like to try and ski a wide variety of types of off-piste conditions, but the group this week haven’t been too concerned that the main focus has been on powder!  Sara kindly posted a video from the week here.

On Wednesday the White family were introduced to the delights of Les Houches and the off-piste that it has to offer.  I often think how lucky the Chamonix valley is to have Les Houches.  Without it there would be far more “non ski” days or persevering with the “Scottish” conditions higher up the valley.   It is a fantastic venue when the winds are high and the visibility is poor. 

Click here to see pictures of the week.

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