Luz Ardiden lift station

Tuesday morning dawned with a smattering of fresh snow, not the massive storm that had been predicted to dump half a meter on us, however enough to provide fresh powder to play in.

First day was back to Luz Ardiden. Amazing how quickly our memories from last year came back to us. Ranged across the mountain in the morning. Then time for a coffee at Bederet. On the way down noticed that no one had skied the off piste red runs under and to the right side of the lift. Spent most of the rest of the day making fresh tracks in the powder there. Had a lovely time.

Spoke to the lady where we are staying and she said that the snow at Gavarnie is even better. So we headed off there on Wednesday. Not many lifts, and not a resort to be at on a cold / windy day. However after an early chilly start, and warmed by some coffee, the sun came out and we spent the day making turns in great powder under the Belvedere lift. Hardly anyone else doing this as most people stayed to the piste.

Change of scene on Thursday as we decided to give our cross country skis a run out. Drove to the Val d’Azun Nordic centre. Was a day of two halves, in the morning we tried out a there and back green run which neither of us fell in love with. After lunch and a change of skis and boots for me (back to my metal edged off track skis) we ventured onto the blue run and had an excellent time. Views were outstanding and the softer (warm) tracks made controlling our descents much easier and more enjoyable.

Tomorrow we are going to go on a skin up to Le Col d’Aoube. Both feel a bit tentative around planning a skin in an area we don’t know. However the avalanche risk is down to 2, the skin is rated F/S2 and the write up in my book says it is a good initiation to discovering Randone skiing. So we think this is appropriate to explore without a guide…. let’s see what my blog says tomorrow