First day . ”K2-Women’s Movement Week”

What do Lin an American living in Delhi, Yvonne a Swiss lady residing half an hour from Engelberg, Vera and Mirjam two Dutch women, Cecilia from Sweden, Lisa an Aussie guide and three Basque paparazzi have in common? They love skiing. Powder is an international language, it requires no translation.  And that’s why they’ve come to La Grave.First day of the women’s K2 ski week couldn’t have started with better weather. There were surprisingly few people (for one of the busy Sundays of the season) and, on account of recent snow falls, record snow cover and cold temperatures – perfect conditions. We started the week with a classic run from P3 down the Chancel face, taking our time to adjust to the thin air and following the secret garden to find hidden powder stashes. A snow cat tow-in added some novelty to our glacier access.  From the Col de la Lauze at 3512 metres we had such a clear view to Mont Blanc it felt like you could almost reach out and touch it. The interesting moon surface of the upper Girose glacier transformed into smooth and creamy skiing lower down. We shared the whole glacier with three other people.Last run of the day we cruised down the Vallon under the shadow of the mighty North faces of Le Rateau and La Meije all the way to the village of La Grave. The run took us through powder, some wind-touched snow, fast chalky cold snow, a smooth silky piste-like surface, even moguls – always something new and fun and challenging. From the Col des Ruillans to the valley floor this is a descent of 1800 metres. A fantastic warm up day and so many skiing possibilities for the coming week . . .Lisa AuerMountain and Ski Guide

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S.A.R.L Skiers Lodge
La Grave 05320 - R.N.91
Hautes Alpes, France
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