Grab the skins, touring skis or split board and head for the quieter hills. Going slackcountry off the lifts or backcountry where the only lift is the one on your tech binding, our crew embark on classic and new routes, report on conditions, capture the views and make first tracks.
Instead of taking the lifts in Monetier, cross the road for a cool ski tour on the south facing slopes when the snow cover is all the way down to the village.
There was a slight debate as to what to do today - and maybe by the time we'd decided we were an hour or so late.
This was a route I've been keen to do, and with the snow cover all the way down on the south facing slopes above Monetier, it's seemed to be a good call. Plus when skiing in Monetier I've been looking across the valley at the potential and thought it would be an interesting tour, and nothing too demanding, so would be good for the dogs, the Rando Chiens.
And like yesterday, mission achieved.
There can be a great extension to this tour - and this is to go on into the Grand Vallon and over the Col du Raisin and down to Refuge Chardonnet and Nevache.
Track log shows the route and profile.
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