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Gaube lake was frozen and so we were able to skin across it (keeping close to the margins!) and rejoin GR10 on the far side. More climbing through the woods up to a summer cabin and then the valley opened out. Up to this point nothing particularly tricky and lots of evidence of snowshoers. However, we then had to climb a rocky outcrop above a waterfall (Cascade Darre Splumouse) which was a bit steeper and the snow turned very sticky on our skins which was not much fun as they balled up. Decided to walk round a narrow edge instead of skin as the balling was so bad – after that however the valley opened up again and we had wonderful panoramic views of the Vignemale (3298m) which is the highest peak in the French Pyrenees.be.ffcam.fr/ for tea and then back down before the snow turned any warmer, makes the flat bits much harder to get across!
Great ski down with much less polling than we had thought. We took a different route from Gaube lake to the left of the main stream with the aim of contouring round to a ski run about a km from the lake. Unfortunately the whole slope had avalanched so after picking our way through some debris we decided to change plan and skied down to the stream and followed some snow trackers before contouring left onto the ski run. Much easier than combat skiing through the trees
Please click on the play button for some video clips of our ski tours in the Pyrenees