July skiing on the Midi and skin to Helbronner for coffee.

So, did they work, and how were they? Show everyone proof that your ride was a success (or even a complete failure)!

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Idris
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July skiing on the Midi and skin to Helbronner for coffee.

Post by Idris » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:50 am

We have been having October in July, I suppose to go with the July we had in March and April.

The other day it snowed down to 1800m, but it didn't clear, yesterday it did.

Heading out the door, ,hoping the clouds are dropping not rising.

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A little further out the door, for those who don't know the place, the slope to our right is the shallow angle one and only drops 300m (1000ft) the other side drops nearly 3000m!

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A relived looking Susie hard part of the tour done, time to ski.

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Skis on, the ridge in front of us, just poking out of the clouds is our destination and the Italian border

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Not as soft as we'd like but nice snow for July none the less.

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Me enjoying some turns

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And captured from above at almost the same moment - the gondola in view is our ride home.

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Yes the Whippets (ski poles with built in ice axe) are a bit of an overkill, but their nice poles

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Susie again

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Me again out onto the flats, just enough angle to glide - for 3km (2 miles)

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Skining on a glacier can be a bit of a challenge at times sometimes the way ahead looks like this

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And sometimes like this

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From above you get a much better idea.

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After an hour of uphill, coffee in sight

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The Helbronner lift station is under reconstruction - but being Italian they are doing it while the current lift is still running, notice all the tourists milling about on the snow, none of the ones walking towards us had any gear whatsoever.

Our ride home back to France

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Post by Dr. Delam » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:33 am

Thanks for the stoke. Awesome pictures! Very envious.

I brought my whippets when I went to Cham and they saved my ass in a big way. I don't think anything is overkill when skiing there because you never know what you are going to get in to.

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Post by skidesmond » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:06 pm

Wow beautiful! And I just gut my grass in 100F weather....

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Post by Brazen » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:39 am

PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:33 am Post subject:
Thanks for the stoke

I brought my whippets when I went to Cham



Yeah, nitrous always makes me laugh :)
"86% of the time it works 100% of the time".

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Post by skidesmond » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:44 am

Brazen wrote:PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:33 am Post subject:
Thanks for the stoke

I brought my whippets when I went to Cham



Yeah, nitrous always makes me laugh :)

LOL, sure does.

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