20 Feb 2014; Col de Pierre Carree to l’Arbaron
|Walk descriptor||France cross country||Day||00|
|Date||Thu 20 Feb 2014||Start to end time||02h 47m|
|Start point||Col de Pierre Carree||End point||l’Arbaron|
|Miles today||05.77||Cu miles||5.77|
|Ft today||1,412||Cu ft||1,412|
|Route miles left||.00||Route ft left|
|Today’s weather||Brilliant sunshine all day. No wind, rain or snow. Cold in the shade at the start (minus 7), quite warm in sun later (plus 4)|
(the red cross in a circle shows where I am at the moment)
|GPX based track of today’s walk
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Our last (half) day of ski-ing. Made an early start then drove up to Col de Pierre Carree, above Flaine. At 6,100 ft, the highest point of our ski-ing this week.
It was a stunning morning out. Views were outstanding in all directions – the air was so clear it must have been possible to see a hundred miles or more. Above the col, the Nordic ski area was less well defined but there is a summer-only golf course up there with a hiking trail which we ski-ed. Allowed us to try out our off-piste technique in knee deep powder snow: brilliant fun! Though changing direction and stopping were a bit more challenging.
Mid way round, at the col, outside the headquarters of the 27th Bataillon de chasseurs alpins, a brass band struck up. Quite a surreal experience to be serenaded by Boney M and “Happy Birthday” in such remote surroundings. Presumably an army band practising for a show.
Despite a shorter day, made some progress on technique – I actually managed to get down some of the steeper slopes without wiping out or ending up with burning thigh muscles.