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16th January


Oh the joy of being back on fat skis and in fresh snow. We had to drive three and a half hours to Chamonix, but it was so worth it after the powder drought currently in Serre Che.

Except we had to wait in the Flegere queue for 45 minutes to get up the mountain at 9am, standing shoulder to fat ski with the Chamonix off piste tribe, you know the ones who wear harnesses to look gnar - and that's just in the bars.

But the cable car can only squash so many people in making the drip feed of skiers onto the mountain relatively slow. So by the time we were on the chairlift there was still plenty of untracked as the resort was closed the day before. But that didn't last long. By mid-morning, there were more skiers and snowboarders in the powder than on the pistes, which were almost empty.

After a quick beer at around 1pm it was back in the van and off to Le Tour, a much quieter area where we still made tracks at 4pm.

If you're tempted to come to Chamonix then, unless you have a guide for touring, you're probably too late as all the obvious sidecountry is tracked out. There's around 10cms due on Thursday - and then a bit of a drought for the Northern Alps, too, according to the forecasts.

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