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Courmayeur/Mont Blanc - Feb8

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Chapter 2 in the guided skiing series. Hooked up with a friend's guide, Francesco, for a day at Courmayeur. It had snowed about 40 cm two days before our meetup. Unfortunately, the day before was Sunday, so the hordes had gotten to a lot of the goods before us.

Still, it was this kind of day, so how bad could it be?



Crowded, too. There were sometimes other skiers on the trams! Actually, I think I screwed up with this photo. I wanted a shot of the third stage, which is even smaller than this. Like being inside public john with three of your close friends.



I thought this looked like a cool direction to go, but Francesco thought it was too "crowded." Think there are 4 people in that group.



So we proceeded to hunt powder where we could, which inevitably involved me being roped into chutes and walking over rocks on exposed faces. Over behind me, in back of the glacial ice, are the rocks we had to scuttle across. How do I get myself into these situations?



 I guess it was worth it. This didn't seem steep at all after risking my ass on the rocks.
 



Francesco is a great guy and an excellent guide, though he's not the photographer my last guide was. Or maybe I need a better camera.

 

Fancesco seemed more interested in getting me safely out of the middle of these chutes than in action-photo ops.



This one's not bad, I guess.

 


This being Courmayeur, as famous for food as for skiing, I assented to a longer-than-usual lunch stop. Also because the tram on the Montebianco side closes for over an hour at lunch. I thought only my home hill did that.
 


 

But then again, that's not exactly a cafeteria with a parking lot view.

 

 

post #2 of 12
Beautiful tour, prickly.  I really want to do something like that one of these days.
post #3 of 12
 Gorgeous!  Thanks for sharing!
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This being Courmayeur, as famous for food as for skiing, I assented to a longer-than-usual lunch stop.

Lovely pics even if they don't display your form to the best advantage.

I think the best resort lunch I ever had was a Courmayeur
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Beautiful tour, prickly.  I really want to do something like that one of these days.

BOB PETERS WANTS TO DO SOMETHING I'VE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lovely pics even if they don't display your form to the best advantage.

I think the best resort lunch I ever had was a Courmayeur
 
I'm going to choose guides on that basis only from here on in. They've gotta be able to catch me at my best photographically. Oh, I didn't mention, lunch was pasta with deer sauce. Seriously.
post #7 of 12
Beautiful TR and images!   
Luckily I couldn't come otherwise I'd have been only a drag to you!
Keep going man, keep going!
post #8 of 12
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Hey, the going was pretty easy, I mean we never skinned up.

 

But that circus walk across the rocks was NOT a pretty thing. Didn't enjoy that at all.

post #9 of 12
Then, maybe I' could have come. Well, nevermind, sooner or later our schedules will match, then you'll have to bear with me for an entire "tour"...
Of the pics posted here
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This one is my fav.
Were you on your usual GP "nimble" and light skis, those that are about 90mm about 175 cm long and ofmetallic light blue colour?
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No, these are new K2 Coombas with Marker Baron bindings. If Mrs. Prickly asks, they belong to a friend.
post #11 of 12
really quite remarkable landscape and slopes. though roping over cliffs and all, dude, for the old-new skiiers like me, its hard enough getting down steep inclines, and aim of skiing is to relax! great stuff which i enjoy reading about or watching from a safe distance.
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No, these are new K2 Coombas with Marker Baron bindings. If Mrs. Prickly asks, they belong to a friend.


Mum's the word.
Coombas or Coomback
I'm lusting after that same setup...
Edited by Nobody - 2/12/10 at 10:40am
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