Monday, 1 April 2013

Summer Time ....Snow Time

Just back from my second week this winter in the Val Clarée. What a great place, and what amazing snow conditions!
I didn't expect there to be snow right in the valley at this time of year, but it has snowed on and off for the past few weeks, with a big dump just before we arrived. So we could walk right out of the hotel, just like in January.

In fact there was a little too much snow and the avalanche risk was high which meant we had to be careful - as ever. but this only affected a couple of walks and we made up for this by doing lots of great descents in deep snow.

We had some lovely sunny days mid week which we enjoyed to the full, with an overnight in a charming mountain hut and a fab ascent to a high col next morning. Then a full on sunbathing day in hot sunshine and heaps of fresh snow.

Heavy snowfall again towards the end of the week meant we didn't get the views and the risk of avalanche coupled with nil visibilty stopped us going to a high pass on the last day.
BUT look what we did! Snowshoe Rolls are a TITA speciality!

All in all I think everyone had a blast. This was snowshoeing in all its guises and for the last week of March that's pretty unusual. Thanks to my models for some great performances!

Next stop the Swiss Alps for my last two groups. The raquettes are all lined up and ready!

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