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Chamonix Skiing February 2012

By Mountainspirit

From Siberian Cold to Summer Warm

Mother nature has been moody and gone between two extremes; The first half of Feb we hardly stuck our noses out the window without wearing double down jackets, boot heating, and full facial protection against the freezing winds. By the end of the month we went ski touring in t-shirt and skied slushy spring snow.

Through it all the sun has been shining relentlessly, not really any fresh snow to talk about. However, the siberian cold-spell dried out the snow pack and the powder was recycled to offer light and soft snow on ski touring descents. As the temperatures became more reasonable, ice falls had formed even down in Les Houches, and we treated our selves with ice climbing trips to Cogne and ice falls around the Chamonix valley. When spring came for real the ice fell off and snow transformed into corn within a weeks time.

Chamonix Skiing Feb 2012

Certainly was a bit of everything, but we’re looking back on a lot of good skiing and touring to new places with untouched snow in the Mt Blanc massif. Enjoy the 3rd video episode of Chamonix skiing:

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