Feb 13 08
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Lizard-Spock Expansion?

We used the Lizard-Spock Expansion of the classic rock-paper-scissors game to decide where to go and play in the deepening powder on our birthday celebration day. Well, actually we used the game to decide who got to choose the venue… Laetitia won, and Les Grands Montets was chosen.

What's the Lizard-Spock Expansion I hear you shout!  Well, take a peek at the linked page above, which is where this great graphic comes from.

“What’s the Lizard-Spock Expansion?”, I hear you shout! Well, take a peek at the linked page above, which is where this great graphic comes from.

Les Grands Montets

Back to the skiing… We’d read about how the Magic Forest was the place to go for deep powder, but with poor visibility in the still falling snow. Skiing amongst the trees in the Magic Forest offers two advantages: first, the trees themselves give visual references for what the ground is doing in white-out conditions; and second, there’s almost always some un-skied lines of powder to be had (which is very rare in the super popular Chamonix valley). We guess it’s the facts that not everyone knows where the Magic Forest is, and that if you get your line through the trees wrong you end up missing all the lifts and walking a long way back, that provides this rare resource of un-skied powder snow!

Mathias and Rebecca in the Magic Forest powder

Mathias and Rebecca in the Magic Forest powder

Dave enjoys the champagne powder in the Magic Forest

Dave enjoys the champagne powder in the Magic Forest

Pete trying to help John regain his feet after wiping out in the deep snow.

Pete trying to help John regain his feet after wiping out in the deep snow.

John's powder-action blurred by speed and heavy snow fall in the Magic Forest

John’s powder-action blurred by speed and heavy snow fall in the Magic Forest

Laetitia, Pete, Mathias, Dave, Rebecca, and John warming up in the Lognan cafe.

Laetitia, Pete, Mathias, Dave, Rebecca, and John warming up in the Lognan cafe.

A fun gang of fancy-dress skiers at Grands Montets - the theme was "Jungle", so the Woopie cushion needed closer examination...

A fun gang of fancy-dress skiers at Grands Montets – the theme was “Jungle”, so the Woopie cushion needed closer examination…

Pete gives the "Woopie" cushion a squeeze!

Pete gives the “Woopie” cushion a squeeze!

Birfday Dinner Celebrations

After all the fun in the powder it was time to get back to Chamonix (after a swift après-ski beer in Argentière), get showered, and dash out for a birfday dinner celebration at Le Serac. But not before another après-ski beer (or two) at The Pub (Cham’s least imaginatively named bar) where we’d arranged to meet a fellow CC member, Katy, who’s recently moved to Chamonix.

Pete and John get a lesson from Rebecca on tying big knots used for protection in soft sandstone routes in Germany

Pete and John get a lesson from Rebecca on tying big knots used for protection in soft sandstone routes in Germany

Richard, Dave, John, Rebecca, Mathias, Pete, and Laetitia out for dinner at Le Serac

Richard, Dave, John, Rebecca, Mathias, Pete, and Laetitia out for dinner at Le Serac

Series - Chamonix '13

  1. Burfday Powder
  2. Courmayeur – better weather, awesome powder,
    and the best hot chocolate in the world
  3. Vallée Blanche Powder
  4. Burfday pressies & Cake,
    roll-on Rock Climbing season…
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