Mark leads the way, after all this is his backyard (and what a backyard....). We stomp up for a few hundred metres gaining the proper summit of La Pendine.
|Late afternoon on Boxing day 2012 - Mark approaching top of La Pendine|
|Fellow skiers approaching the summit of La Pendine (taken two days later to the above)|
Skis on we follow the side of the ridge following the tracks made by Mark and a few others earlier in the day. A few easy turns are needed but they feel alot harder knowing that error is to be avoided! We slither between a few rocks and a bit of side stepping up is needed before the final section to the Col du Bal is reached.
|Mark on the ridge line looking to the end of the Narreyroux Valley|
|Looking back along the ridge form the Col|
|Leaving the Col|
|Enjoying great snow!|
The descent into the Narreyroux valley continues with whoops of joy as the four of us making fresh tracks all the way. Powder turns are made all the way into the valley floor, and its only when we reach the bottom track do the snow conditions deteriorate.
|Mark on the descent (taken two days later after some more fresh snow)|
|Making tracks in the powder......|
|...as we start to approach the tree line.|
|Descending back to the ski station in the last light of the day.|
|Leaving the ridge on the second run two days later. A few more skiers around this time!|
|The route in blue.|