Wintery Conditions

18th Jan 2015

Powder skiing at Les Grands Montets

Photo Credit: Daniel Wildey Photography

Over the last few days skiing conditions in the Chamonix Valley have started to improve significantly.  It is due to stay cold this week with more snow forecast, so it finally feels like winter has arrived. The pistes are now in much better condition then they have been, with some real cold snow to ski on. Conditions off-piste are beginning to fill in. New snow falls are now on a firm base so there is some really enjoyable powder to be skied.

I was reminded of the true delight of skiing powder last weekend at Les Grands Montets, on a rare afternoon off, skiing with Daniel Wildey. We didn't need to venture far from the pistes to find it.

Myself and Dee O'Neill had 24 keen skiers on Ski Performance for Mountaineers last week. Conditions meant that throughout the week we were able to find all the different types of snow that the off-piste environment can throw at us; powder, wind blown, bumps, hard-pack. It was great to see everyone develop throughout the week, and get more enjoyment from their skiing when conditions get challenging.

This weekend provided me with a change of scene, searching out quiet pistes in good conditions for some race coaching. We were delighted to have 'Le Stade" at Les Houches to ourselves for a while this morning. It looks like the BMW Race Track at Les Houches is nearly ready to open, so members of the public will be able to have a go at racing.

Conditions were also good in Scotland this weekend where Off Piste Performance were running a course for the Eagle Ski Club. There are still a few places available on our Ski Performance Scotland courses over the coming weekend.

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