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"unknown" ski mountains of France
Unknown to English-language trip reports
and guidebooks -- though well-known to local French skiers.
I was alone climbing the
Arete de Brouffier that day, a long ridge leading to the Petite
Taillefer, and (after a dip) to the Taillefer -- highest summit in
the mountains of the "Pays de la Mure". Alone skiing down. (beyond
left of the ridge is the "Tabor de la Mure" which I skied the
previous day, and center horizon is the Grand Veymont, highest peak
in the Vercors mountain group, which I skied about four years ago)
lotsa wild lines in these mountains
of the Mure - (nowhere near Chamonix or La Grave)
but I was in full view of
this well-known city for the upper half of the ridge and the summit.
Next a different mountain
group . . .
Luc showing the way, with
Gilles below, in another "locals" place. Serious backcountry skiers
in France think of needing half a lifetime to explore these wild
mountains . . .
to the south
to the east
(far right horizon: the "unknown" aiguilles - nowhere near
to the north: "ski it
if you can"
(less than an hour drive from a city known for technology jobs +
Ken making figure-eight
tracks, descending from the Col du Bourne (another accessible place
in the Vanoise)
Sharon farther below, down
off the glacier
Ken somewhere around the
Aiguille du Midi in the afternoon . . .
with Craig + Eric after they
arrived at the Geneva airport that morning