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what's here: Dome de la Sache |
Vallee Blanche - Chamonix |
Refuge du Col de la Vanoise |
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
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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)
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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
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
Eager to get out the day after a wintery storm, we started from
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
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
then the visibility kept getting worse. But we had a pleasant comfortable
at this mountain hut on the Italy - Switzerland border at Testa Grigia