31 March 2018Yesterday we skied with Alison (who is the daughter of John's best man) her husband, Matt and their two children, Jackie and Seb. We skied the Rochebrune ridge but the snow was quite hard, although it did soften in the afternoon. Sadly the wind didn't, and some of the lifts were closed so we came back after lunch. We had lunch at the Staduel as Alison's father, Mike, doesn't ski . In the evening we went to La Galeta in St Gervais with Carol, Gordon, Neville and Drew as it was Drew's last night.
So today we were up bright and early and at the bus stop for the 8.40 bus. But no bus. They have changed the bus time table as the French holidays are now over. But we got to Mont d'Arbois soon after the first lift. And then we skied down to the Mont Joux chair which was late opening because of the fresh snow so we went up the Freddy drag and put in some fresh tracks there. They immediately opened the Mont Joux chair so it had been skied a bit but we came down under it because Epaule had not yet opened. Anyway we then did have success on the Epaule. We were on the second chair and first down the off-piste under the lift. As we went up again Ali and Matt and children were skiing down so we joined them and then skied over the back in deep powder to the Porcherry. Seb said he had a spectacular wipe out but no-one, other than his Dad, saw it. The rules of wipe outs are that they must be in front of everyone.
As we came up the Croix de Christ chair we saw that they had opened Mont Joli so we rushed over there. There were only a few tracks down the Grand Chamois as most people were skiing down by the chair, and that was fantastic. We had lunch at Chez Tartine where we met Mike. The cloud came down and it started to snow heavily, so we abandoned our plan of skiing down to Planallet. Also John had left his rucksack in the restaurant and had to go back for it.
But what a fantastic morning's skiing for the last day of March!
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