Today was the last day of the summer season. As befitting that it’s been a fabulous day, clear, sunny and warm all day.
I did make the effort to get up to the glacier, and walking from my house to the Jandri Express, it was an effort!! On the way up in the Jandri Express I took this photo looking down onto the town:
Just before we got to the top I took this photo from the lift – I’ve never seen so much white at the end of August before
I was pretty late and arrived at the glacier at 12.15, so not much time! I rushed up the Puy Salié and on the way took the photos to make this panorama:
When I got to the top I took these two panoramas, which I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) to stich together:
A little further along and I took a quick photo of the Lauze, which was actually closed today (not enough people on the glacier I think).
I whipped off down the Murtouse, actually telemarking for the first time this summer…. exhausting! Up that lift and then I decided just to stand up and ski alpine, but I just had nice short turns down the dome North lift track which was in totally fabulous condition. It was amazing how firm the snow still was at the very end of the day, at the end of August! I’ve never seen it so good, even before 2003.
I had a nice coffee in the restaurant and passed a few words with some of the ski patrollers, who told me that the 11metres of snow we had at 2,600m last winter is the most significant snowfall since 1982! No wonder we’ve had a good summer, but the strange thing is that on the whole the days have been hot almost all summer, but there has been a good re-freeze almost every night. This has allowed the snow to keep it’s condition right through the summer.
It must be pointed out that this summer is exceptional, and for a reference point I suggest you look back through the last few years’ blogs in August to see the difference.
Now, I don’t expect to be writing much in the next few weeks, but will post a blog whenever anything significant occurs.