Feb 08 23

We crunched our breakfast this morning – un pain avec abricot confiture – and something crunched harder than I expected. I’d broken my tooth! :eek: But nothing was going to stop play today.

Pete surveys the narrow forest track

The sun was out and we had plans to go to Contamine. Contamine is about 30km from Chamonix. It’s lovely and very quiet. We decided on a few pisted runs to get our snow legs in before we tackled the ski tour. Unfortunately I crossed my skis at one point and I took a flyer. It was all very slow motion and I had a few moments to contemplate life as I flew through the air. I landed on my back, jumped up and gained a score of 10 for style, but a big fat 0 for skill. :oops: Oh well, only injury was the second break of the day; I’d broken my rucksack’s ice axe loop.

The tour was less dramatic, but the snow wasn’t in great condition so was tough on the unfit legs. We started on a familiar route – up to the Col de la Fenetre – and then headed for the trees. This wasn’t as good a route as we had done last year. The trail through the tress was far too narrow for our skill levels so we had to walk for a while. But is was still great fun and very beautiful.

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