Returning from Cugnai: ferme de l'Arcelle

From couloir du Mont Blanc to Cugnai

Returning from Cugnai: ferme de l'Arcelle
Returning from Cugnai: ferme de l’Arsellaz

Yesterday’s miles of skinning are already a distant memory. Today, we’re skiing; just skiing. After a less than auspicious start –  from the top of Bellevarde down the Super-Santons on yet-untransformed snow and amid brown grassy patches – we headed back up the hill, then through the jardins de Borsat, across to the Charvet and down a depleted but good couloir du Mont Blanc. Once again, with snow being in limited supply, guide Chris ushered us about the mountain in an attempt to avoid crowds, and mostly, as usual, he succeeded .

Then it was up the Arcelle lift and over to Cugnai where the snow was, in turns, powdery and spring-like – and the area almost empty. Terrain got icy and tracked as we reached the ferme de l’Arsellaz, but in the sunshine, there were no complaints. We naturally ended up at the Arcelle lift again and from the top, made our way down to resort by the Marmottons, tracking in between the cliffs of the Arcelle back to resort. Although breakable in place, the snow was mainly powder – a nice surprise – or softly transformed.

Pointe de la Sana from the south side of the Charvet
Pointe de la Sana from the south side of the Charvet
Looking south from the side of the Charvet
Looking south from the side of the Charvet
Heading down couloir du Mont Blanc
Heading down couloir du Mont Blanc
Coming out of couloir du Mont Blanc
Coming out of couloir du Mont Blanc
Starting off down Cugnai
Starting off down Cugnai
Mid-way down Cugnai
Mid-way down Cugnai

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