18 Feb 2014; le Praz de Lys to Sommand
|Walk descriptor||France cross country||Day||00|
|Date||Tue 18 Feb 2014||Start to end time||06h 57m|
|Start point||le Praz de Lys||End point||Sommand|
|Miles today||19.97||Cu miles||19.97|
|Ft today||3,776||Cu ft||3,776|
|Route miles left||.00||Route ft left|
|Today’s weather||Slightly hazy, but mostly sunny day. No wind, no rain or snowfall. Quite mild – about minus 2C at start much warmer in the sun later|
(the red cross in a circle shows where I am at the moment)
|GPX based track of today’s walk
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“A really challenging full day’s cross country skiing from the bigger resort of Praz de Lys – Sommand. With nearly 4000 feet of climbing and 20 miles of skiing, to a talentless amateur like me this was roughly equivalent to running a marathon, climbing Ben Nevis with 7 foot planks of wood strapped your feet, and then coming down again on a racing bike with no brakes. Amazingly I only wiped out once.
Completed 2 black runs; all the rest were either red or blue. The pistes were a bit busier than yesterday, as it was a more popular resort, but still nothing like the crowds in a downhill ski centre. We were expertly guided by Tania Noakes, an excellent professional guide from Chamonix who really stretched us but kept us safe. I feel like I am at the bottom of a very steep, very long learning curve.
The weather wasn’t quite a spectacular as yesterday – there should have been views to Mont Blanc, but it was shrouded in haze. But elsewhere, good panoramas in all directions. The weather was totally calm and in the sun, very warm. Lots of Factor 30 sunscreen required! It was a real joy to be out in the sunshine and snow, after enduring so many months of rain and mud in the UK. Had lunch at a brilliant mountain cafe in Sommand, where the patron gave us schnapps on the house. Certainly helped ease the terror of the black runs in the afternoon!
Now enjoying a glass of red wine back at the chalet and contemplating tomorrow’s adventure!”