A quick ski of the Vallée Blanche • January 13, 2011

Here are a few photos from today's ski down the Vallée Blanche.

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The last couple days have been pretty moist down in the Chamonix Valley. But a quick look at the Aiguille du Midi webcam suggested that the weather aloft was not bad at all (though the webcam does a poor job at showing wind). So up we went.


Finally the Compagnie du Mont Blanc has equipped the arete.


You can see that the valley below is still under a thick blanket of cloud.


And a northerly wind made descending the ridge a chilly affair.


Looking northeast into Switzerland.


Pausing to take in the view south towards Italy. The snow was quite windblown and dense up high. Even though there much have been at least 70 to 80 cm of new snow, Kathy hardly sinks in at all.


The frontier ridge, as well as Mont Blanc remain under threatening lenticulars all day.


Kathy on the Petite Envers.


A rare photo of Mark.


The snow is starting to get pretty heavy down here.


And just below us, we enter the thick fog of the Mer de Glace. But it was a fun descent tall the same.