TR: Chamonix Day 2 – Ski Touring at Flégère

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Ski Touring at Flegere
Ski Touring at Flegere

We woke up to the lovely sight of falling snowflakes and the wonderful sound of avalanche bombs. Unfortunately the visibility was very poor, so instead of braille powder skiing on wobbly legs we decided that it was a good chance to learn how to use all the new gear and go for a ski tour at Flégère.

As we rode up the lifts the snowfall increased with the altitude, and was dumping as we got to the upper reaches. The original plan was to ride to the top of Flégère and tour upwards, maybe in the direction of the Col du Belvedere, but the top Poma lift was closed so we changed plans & skied down a little lower with Lac Blanc as a destination.

Ski Touring at Flegere
Ski Touring at Flegere

So we pulled off to the side of the piste, fitted the skins and headed upwards under Jérôme’s expert instruction, and before long we were making good uphill progress. The higher we got above the treeline the visibility got worse, so after about 400m vertical of ascent we switched back into alpine mode for the descent.

The upper reaches were tricky as the visibility was poor, and with Flégère being on the sunny side of the valley it really suffered during the 6 week snow drought, so there were lots of firm lumps underneath. But before long we were back under the treeline and enjoying the powder.

Here’s a short video of the day kindly shot and edited by Jérôme:

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