It's getting late in September and I hadn't skied yet, unlike others who find alternative ways to scratch the itch, I ski, minimum once a month.
Since the end of summer we've had a few storms, nothing massive, but enough together to fill in the worst of the holes on the glacier.
I'm still suffering from braking a rib 6 weeks back, so just a few quick turns to tick the box and scratch the itch, but there is a little more to it, than hike up ski down go home.
The ready room.
An uneventful stroll and a few quick turns on nice but not stellar snow brings me to
The Grand Jorasse behind, with the Grand Combin further back and the Matterhorn in the distance.
Time to skin
Why do a few short turns inevitably entail a long skin? Glad I wasn't boot packing to get home.
Tracks down and track up, having to rest quite a bit now.
Obligatory product shot - time to swap skins for crampons and take it slower.
Back to the ice cave and I need a rest - my chest is not happy, but the itch is scratched ;)