Ski April-07

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Georges + Ken: This was my first tour from the quiet Champagny valley on the north side of the Vanoise. Georges had done it before, so he thought it would be good when we saw the next day's weather would be good. So we woke up at 4:15, drove to the trailhead, and it had variety + pretty views + a big downhill run.

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after hiking up a trail through the trees, we've made it to the snow, and look back down to a village in the Champagny valley

Georges leading on the ascent route

the Grande Casse (3855m), east from the summit of the Grand Bec. (note skier tracks on the big steep southwest face)

another party of two skiing down the upper part of the Glacier de Roquairou

further down on our long and varied ski run

Georges skiing heavy (but consistent) snow lower down

extending the skiing a little lower
(with a glove finger in lower left of photo)

pleasant hiking trail after the snow ran out

village of le Laisonnay d'en Haut -- where we crossed the creek and reached the road

walkers on the hiking trail between Laisonnay and Champagny -- viewing a herd of ibex or bouquetins in the creek

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