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Courmayeur, IT, February, 1998

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The contest for the JHAF disk got me looking at my photo albums from the days before I went digital. Here are some photos that I recently scanned of a trip to Courmayeur and La Grave with a little Chamonix thrown in to the mix.


After a day or two of skiing the resort, the group I traveled with hired a guide to take us up to Punta Helbronner for a tour back down to Courmayeur.


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Gary (l) talking to our guide (r)


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Looking back down towards Courmayeur from the top lift.


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Tourists on the platform with Mont Blanc for a backdrop.


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Looking down to Courmayeur during the tour.


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We were to return to Punta Helbronner for a guided trip down the French side into Chamonix via la mer de glace. Looking down the glacier.


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In the thick of things going down to Cham on the glacier.


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We hired guides yet again and went off the top of the ski area. This view is looking towards La Thuile


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The skiing didn't suck.


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The bus back to the lifts.


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On slope dining, Italian style.


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Another day we were bussed to Chamonix with a guide to ski the pas de chevre. This is from the top of the tram of the Grand Montet. La Grand Dru, the Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc. The pas de chevre descends from this general direction.


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On the way down pas de chevre.


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An electric train in Chamonix.


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We took yet another tour (where did I get all that $ ?) on our last day. We were towed by snowmobile for a few miles then started touring.


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The brothers Briggs, Doug (l) and Steven (r). The big mountain in the back is Mont Blanc.


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What we skied. It was spring like conditions with places of crust and mostly heavy wet pow.


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We took a few trains and a bus to get to La Grave. This lift has many pods of gondolas that stop periodically to load and unload. One of the loading platforms was a steel arrangement with about 50 - 60 steps up to load. Kind of spooky.


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We hooked up a few other skiers to take a guided tour from La Grave. Go figure.


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On the tour.


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We skied into this town for lunch, then taxied off to another ski area to continue the tour.


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We travelled west for a day to Serre Chevalier with a bunch of skiers we met in La Grave.


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On the way to Turin to fly out. Steven went home after these two weeks of great skiing. I flew to Madrid to meet a friend. We took an overnight train to Gibraltar, a ferry to Tangier and another overnight train to Marrakech. A few days of tours around the area included a walking tour through the foothills of the Atlas mountains.

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Very nice!  Thanks for scanning and posting. Takes me back to the couple of days I spent in Courmayeur.  I'm sure I had a camera with me.....

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