So last Tuesday night it snowed. During Wednesday, both Von SmallHaussen and Mrs Tall Friend both had lessons booked, which left me, Tall Friend and Algernon Crupe free to go exploring the wilder side of Courchevel.
No, not this mythical ‘après ski’. I must be getting old, but I find that after a full day skiing, the only ‘après’ that I’m capable of is sleep. Actually I don’t think that age has much to do with it.
Sorry, I’ve digressed a bit there.
What we did was head up and over into the top of the valley above Courchevel 1650 - the Roc Merlet peak at 2734m. We got there via the Vizelle bubble lift, and then skiing down Marmottes (red), and up the Chanrossa chair lift. Unfortunately it hadn’t really stopped snowing, and it was blowing a gale across Marmottes, which made for ‘interesting’ skiing conditions. The kind of ‘interesting’ that lets you know you’re alive / just glad to still be alive at the end of it!
By the top of the Chanrossa lift though, it’d stopped snowing and the sun was shining. Seeing as we could now actually see our feet, we decided to go down the Chanrossa (black), which was so much fun that we did it again, before having a mosey on down Roc Merlet (red) and the top third of J. Pachod (red). Algernon took an Executive Decision for us on this though - the piste wasn’t too much fun, so we went for a little excursion through the fresh snow off-piste. Great fun, but rather telling on our lack of style!
By then it was time to meet Von SmallHaussen, Mrs Tall Friend, Farmer & Mrs Farmer for lunch at Verdons . . . which we reached via the Combe Pylones (black & bumpy). After lunch Algernon, Von Smallhaussen & I took a trip over the mountain & down to Méribel. Nothing strenuous, but by the time we got home we were all completely exhausted. I wonder why?
- Type: Other
- Date: 01/16/2008
- Total Time: 5:00:00.00
- Approximate distance skied: 18 miles