Powder alert over the Iseran

Above the sea of clouds at Pays Desert
Above the sea of clouds at Pays Desert

We were knee-deep in powder, sometimes almost up to the waist, and the tips of our skis occasionally blasted big chunks of snow over our heads. We knew there would be fresh stuff up in the Iseran area after yesterday’s near-uninterrupted snow falls, but that much snow, well, this was an unexpected treat.

Of course we weren’t the only ones eager to taste the powder, so the drill this morning was to keep moving. This meant fewer photo opportunities, as Chris ushered us around to make first tracks down the Combe du Signal, followed by three runs down Pays Désert and finally across to the Col Pers. It was already busy around Pers by that point but Chris miraculously produced some untracked expanses down the Grand Torsai area, just above the gorges de Malpasset.

The beggars' third banquet: our last run down the Col Pers
The beggars’ third banquet: our last run down the Col Pers
Above the sea of clouds at the Col du Signal
Above the sea of clouds at the Col du Signal
First tracks down Pays Desert
First tracks down Pays Desert
Pays Desert an hour after our first tracks
Pays Desert an hour after our first tracks
Val d'Isere from the Combe du Signal: still below the clouds at 9:45
Val d’Isere from the Combe du Signal: still below the clouds at 9:45
Val d'Isere at midday, from the Grand Torsai
Val d’Isere at midday, from the Grand Torsai

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