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Vallee Blanche at dusk

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The Valley Blanche can be quite a busy motorway of a run during high season, somewhat detracting from the experience of being high in the mountains. The other evening Sam and I decided to do it slightly different. At the end of a busy afternoon when all the guests had returned from the slopes on what had been a gloriously sunny spring day we caught the last cable car of the day up the Aiguille du Midi. There were a few concerned looks from the lift staff as it was going to become dark soon and it was obvious by our small backpacks that we were not intending spending a night on the hill…we had other plans.

We spent an hour or so wandering around the summit, the viewing decks being eerily quiet. All the tourists having caught the last lift down. We were alone save for a group of climbers getting prepared for very early start on their Ice route the next day. As the sun headed towards the horizon we walked out onto the ridge. Despite the day having been a scorcher there was no slush at 3800m, just ice and wind pack to walk down in crampons.

The run itself is a green run with blue patches and black spots….they are quite black in fading light especially the first 5m, which is very well skied. The first bumps negotiated we glided along in silence with the mountains slowly turning red. Such an expanse of glacier is magnificent when it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop.

At the end of the glacier the last train had long since departed. Our route took us up the traditional scramble out to look down on Chamonix. At this point it was starting to get properly dark. So torches out as a precaution, but still skiing by the moonlight. Being quite far along in the season the ski out is not complete, but we probably only walked 500m the whole way down.

It was a lovely un stressful way to end the day.

post #2 of 7
very nice. thanks for the pictures. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 7
Thanks Tom.
Nice reading, nice pictures.
post #4 of 7
Pleased to see you are still living the dream. Nice post :
post #5 of 7
awesome, thanks!
post #6 of 7
the sounds where what got me ....


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Looking back up at the first few miles of the Vallee Blanche in the early morning.
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