21 Feb 2014; la Pestaz to la Lanche

21 Feb 2014; la Pestaz to la Lanche
Walk descriptor France cross country Day 00
Date Fri 21 Feb 2014 Start to end time 01h 10m
Start point la Pestaz End point la Lanche
Miles today 02.19 Cu miles 2.19
Ft today 826 Cu ft 826
Route miles left .00 Route ft left
Today’s weather Snowed all day. No wind. Temperature at Les Carroz about 1C
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Today’s location
(the red cross in a circle shows where I am at the moment)
GPX based track of today’s walk
(click here to access to access downloadable file)

We had intended to fit in a morning’s XC skiing at Agy today, but the weather was uninviting – a heavy fall of slushy wet snow which continued all day. So instead, we picked up a “plan de randonees pedestres et raquettes” from the tourist information centre and headed off into the hills

We did a short walk, the “Boucle de la Pestaz“, which started near the telecabine and went up into the woods alongside the blue Alpine run back to le Carroz.

Although it was only a short walk, it was great to be out in the snow in the near-silent forest, and the walk took in the deserted hamlet of la Lanche d’en Bas. Looks like an authentic “alp” village, probably only inhabited in the summer when the cattle are grazing on the alp. If the weather was clear, there would probably be magnificent views to the west over the valley.

So a very relaxing end to a fantastic week – great to see some snow, too, after the first winter in the UK that I can ever remember with none at all.

Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
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Heading up into the forest at la Pestaz Waymark on tree – clearly it has grown since it was painted!
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On the track. Well maintained as a winter walk Party of off piste skiers crossed our path above Praz Roti
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Every one is unique.. In the “hidden” village of la Lanche
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Panorama looking west from la Lanche
The previous day’s blog follows below the blue line
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