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Dome de la Sache (3606m)

in the northeast Vanoise between Tignes and Les Arcs -- but our ski route from la Gurraz on the northeast side was far away from any lifts. This was our biggest ski tour of the trip -- lots of interesting glacier terrain (for which we had excellent conditions), and many fun ski slopes on descent.  [ more Photos of that day ]

Eric navigating thru the upper section of the Glacier Sud de la Gurraz.
(Dome de la Sache summit is the snowy nub just left of center)

see more Photos of our Dome de la Sache tour

Vallee Blanche:  Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix

We took the lift from Chamonix up the Aiguille du Midi, knowing the weather was uncertain, hoping it would turn good for a few hours. But instead it just snowed all day, which made for a different kind of adventure.

Eric leading us climbing across the crevassed glacier to the border of Italy

10 May 2006 -- snowing down to the valley floor in Chamonix.
Rick Marchant + Eric disembarking the Montenvers railway after a wintery day on the Mer de Glas

Refuge du Col de la Vanoise

Eager to get out the day after a wintery storm, we started from Pralognan-la-Vanoise
on a pretty tour with lower avalanche danger.

Eric getting some ideas for future tours from Celia (who works at the Refuge).
Straight ahead is Col de la Grand Casse. Our route to the hut and
Col de la Vanoise turned right, in front of the giant Grand Casse mountain.

Eric putting in some turns in moist heavy fresh snow below the Grand Casse (3855m)

Zermatt, Switzerland

We drove to Zermatt hoping for sunnier weather -- which started out positively.

Eric departing from the top of the Klein Matterhorn lift,
perhaps the highest ski lift in Europe with a groomed ski run at 3800m / 12464 ft

then the visibility kept getting worse.  But we had a pleasant comfortable evening
at this mountain hut on the Italy - Switzerland border at Testa Grigia

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