It hadn't snowed in a while so that was a putdown. We did get about 3-4 inches during the last day which was nice. But, the snow was soft off piste (icy on the piste). The off piste was very bumped up, however. Still great fun.
My favorite run was the backside of Mt Fort. I skied this with a guide, who I had on the 4th and final day (before this, he also helped me fix up some flaws and improve my skiing ). This is a 4000 ft vertical run, reaching 50 degrees at the top in places with nasty chutes and couloirs up top and wide open bowls and steep gullies as you head farther down. This is true off piste. You are really out there. We didn't see anyone the entire trip down, and there were still untracked lines to be had, about a week plus since the last storm. So we were skiing in a foot and a half about in some bowls, while besides the 3 or 4 inches that fell that day, a week since the last storm. Then there was about a 20-30 minute hike out. Really, really, fun. And it's another 1000 vertical of treelined skiing after the hike to get down to the lift. One of my favorite runs of my life.
Other favorites included the couloir under the Mont Fort tram, the off piste chutes and bowls near the Attelas chair, Mont Gele down to Tortin, and Valon D'Arby (also got some freshies here with the guide). My favorite piste was probably either the Mont Fort piste or the Attelas groomer in the morning.
Me and my dad stayed in Max and Millies B&B down in Le Chable. Highly recommended, with a 5 minute walk to the train station and gondola to take you up to Verbier and the mountain. Max and Millie were both splendid hosts. Max was actually my guide for the 4th day, and I had a great time with him.
And now for some pictures:
the view from our room... beautiful
even better on the mountain (picture from La Chaux Express chair)
awesome terrain off the attelas bowl lift (only a small portion of it)
the pitch is probably 38-45*
as shown in this photo
a steep couloir off attelas
that same couloir from a looking at view
The Savoleyres area with a double lift heading up to Ruinettes
Bec des Roses - Yes, the freeriders compete on this 55+ degree cliff filled peak
Frontside of Mt Fort. To the right is the piste (about 35 degrees at its steepest) and to the left is the fun couloir under the tram (top bit is about close to 45, then goes down to like 30-35 for the rest of the way)
A closer look at the steep couloir under the tram
Looking down the Mont Fort couloir
Side view of the top, not quite the very top though.
me tearin it up on the mont fort piste
at times in the afternoon it was pretty crowded on piste to say the least...
The backside of Mont Gele, the itinerary coming down to Tortin. The clear route coming down in the middle is the most often taken route, but the cliff bands to the left side were fun
Looking down from the top
The town of Verbier, the Attelas Funispace, across the town of Verbier is the Savoleyres area
a beautiful view from the top of Mt Gele
an amazing view from the top of Attelas
A mini couloir by Combatsline in Nendaz. Probably about 45-50 degrees, but then again only 3 tight steep turns.
Looking at the mini couloirs by Nendaz. The couloir I'm looking down is the farthest one to the left (biggest one too, 2nd steepest. The steepest is the one to the right and had very thin cover).
A nice view from the same location.
This is a traverse on col des mines. It is really interesting. It's sorta like a bobsleigh, with 4-6 ft sized walls to the side of you, and the mountain on the other. It's about 2 minutes long.
Valon D'Arby from the top
Valon D'Arby from the bottom
And now the rest of the pictures are from the top of the Backside of Mont Fort:
Amazing skiing to be had back there. Pretty steep too... not to mention right at that second lip it gets narrower (exceeding 50 degrees and about 10-15 ft wide for about 400 vertical)
Now a short video of me ripping it up on a red piste on one ski...
Thanks, hopefully you made it this far in your reading! Would like to hit this place up with a real powder day because it's the best terrain I've skied in my opinion....
BTW, I had about 250+ pictures to choose from... tough eliminating the few to go up here...
Edited by skiking4 - 2/25/10 at 4:09pm