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Originally Posted by Thom View Post
Somewhere in the second half of februari I'm heading to Chamonix for a week, in the french alpes, near the Mont Blanc. If the snow and weather conditions allow it, me and my brother are gonna meet up with a guy he met who offered to guide us in our first real long steep off-piste descents...

I'm kinda nervous because I'm not too sure I already have the needed skills, and obvioulsy, there might be serious consequences to taking a risk like that.

Also, equipment whise: I'm guessing the Smokin Superpark I'm about to order isn't up for the job...Right? I'd hate to buy a real powder board, cause I'll still spend most of my trips in the park and on groomers

I can't afford two dedicated boards, nor can I justify buying a world class professional hybrid deck, let alone two boards...So would you guys consider renting a more powder friendly stick for a couple days if you were in my situation? Any other tips for a backcountry noob like me? Thanks a lot.

The Vallee blanche in Chamonix is on my bucket list, look at doing that as well. Others who've been can comment but when I looked it up it seemed very cool, you take the gondola to a peak then walk this crazy ridge for little ways after which it's a half day of boarding with a couple different routes you can take depending on the difficulty you want. Guide not mandatory but I think you'd be crazy not to have one. The only drawback is that there are some flats as I looked into it.
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