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Old 01-09-2014, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
DrnknZag
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Default Splitboarding Chamonix

I've been back home for a few days now and I'm finally getting around to finishing my photo editing and trying to get back in the swing of things. Anyway, I've finally hosted some pics and ready to write a quick trip report on my couple days in Chamonix.

First off, the French Alps had been having a pretty low snow season coming into my trip, so I was a little worried. As it happened I caught the tail end of an epic storm that dropped some historic amounts of snow in some areas of the French Alps, and Chamonix definitely got it's share.

I ended up hiring a guide for my two days on the mountain. He's actually a local Seattle guy who just moved to Chamonix to guide full time, check out his website if you get a chance -> Forest McBrian

So my first day out we went out to Les Grands Montets and headed for the peak. We dropped one line down onto the Argentiere Glacier then spent a good portion of the day skinning up the glacier for a line at the end of the glacier. Weather and snow were awesome, but I was completely exhausted by the end of the day after coming off 30 straight hours of travel.

My second day was spend across the valley at Brevent/Flegere. Took a couple lifts to get up high then skinned up and over the ridge. Took a couple laps through this zone before skinning the ridge again to a nice chute/bowl back into the ski area. Again, great weather and great snow.

Chamonix is truly breathtaking. I can see how one visit can chance someone's life. Access is so easy and the off piste zones are just HUGE. Despite the snow right before my arrival, the coverage was still quite sketchy around mid mountain, so that did limit some of our travel, but we were blessed with very stable snow, which was pretty rare for most of the French Alps after that storm.

I know I'll be back someday.

Anyway, on to the pics......

Mid station at Les Grands Montets...


Looking down from the top of the tram...


Dropped off the tram towards the glacier...


Kinda looks like I set of this slide....


Glacier riding...


Skin track up the glacier...


Skinning...


Taking in the view...


Beautiful...


Stoke face...
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