Ski Blog. 29th January 2018

Back in Serre A Home Run.

As it started to turn positively spring like in Serre Chevalier, Backcountry Editor, Ken Reeve finds his way home, going off the back and skiing down to his front door in Prelles...


On the third day of sunshine in a row in Serre Chevalier, the wind-blown rain-soaked sastrugi-ridden off-piste was starting to turn spring-like! In January!

I opted to drop into the Partias valley today from the Col de la Ricelle on a mission to ski to my front door in Prelles, normally a 20 minute drive from Style Altitude HQ in Serre Chevalier.

It was reasonable spring-ish snow down to the Lac du Partias, then skins on and Greg and I made the Col de la Trancoulette (2293m)  in a comfy 40 minutes and took the plunge of skiing down the valley.

We followed the Trancoulette river down to the summer village of Ratière, then the snow-covered road down to our front door!

Mission accomplished, around 1100m descent to Prelles at 1200m through varied terrain and something I may not be able to repeat as most of the run down is south-facing and even in January, the snow was starting to get thin as we got lower down.