Feb 13 08
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Dave sent a text at 7am to say he wasn’t going out today so there would be a spare bus ticket going for Courmayeur.

I was a bit undecided, I thought it was all pisted skiing and I wanted off piste adventure, and visibility in Chamonix wasn’t great, and it probably wouldn’t be great over there either. But after I’d done a bit of research I realised Courmayeur is the place to go when visibility in general is poor, and it’s actually likely to have better weather than Chamonix, oh, and it’s great for fantastic off piste powder.

Well, enough said, I was going, so that meant everyone else had to go as well. I joined Jon on the bus, and Pete and Richard joined Rebecca and Mathias in their car.

Arriving at the Val Veney téléphérique in Courmayeur

Arriving at the Val Veney téléphérique in Courmayeur

We started on some beautifully groomed pistes to warm our legs up, and then soon ventured into un-groomed territory, between the pistes, to get our powder legs going.

Excited skiers in the Checrouit bubble-car: Jon, Rebecca, Mathias, Pete, Richard, and Laetitia

Excited skiers in the Checrouit bubble-car: Jon, Rebecca, Mathias, Pete, Richard, and Laetitia

The weather was better than in Chamonix and the powder was good, so Pete, Jon and I decided to up the adventure and take the off-piste route around the mountain, arranging to meet the others at the bottom of the Zerotta chair lift.

It was fantastic. Gliding through super deep untouched powder that went on for miles.

Pete and Jon on the off-piste descent from the Youla lift station (just visible at the top).

Pete and Jon on the off-piste descent from the Youla lift station (just visible at the top).

Pete and Jon riding the awesome powder towards the Val Veney far below.

Pete and Jon riding the awesome powder towards the Val Veney far below.

Happy powder-day!

Happy powder-day!

Eventually we joined a track which gradually (with the aid of much poling) took us to the bottom of Zerotta where the others were already waiting.

We had lunch and got back on the piste, but it was so cold we soon had to stop for hot chocolate to warm up. Now, the Italians really know how to make hot chocolate. None of this instant powdery watery rubbish… this is pure chocolate in melted form. Heaven.

Rebecca and Mathias enjoying Italian style hot-chocolate - basically just molten milk chocolate!  :yum:  :yum:

Rebecca and Mathias enjoying Italian style hot-chocolate – basically just molten milk chocolate! :yum: :yum:

Suitably warmed we were able get back on the snow for a few more runs.

Mathias, Jon, Laetitia, Pete, and Rebecca at Courmayeur with the impressive Italian face of Mont Blanc emerging from the clouds behind.

Mathias, Jon, Laetitia, Pete, and Rebecca at Courmayeur with the impressive Italian face of Mont Blanc emerging from the clouds behind.

Courmayeur was a fantastic venue. Lots of sun, beautifully groomed pistes, amazing off piste adventure, and of course the best hot chocolate in the world.

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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