Pre Season Snowfall. What it looks like in the Alps!
Pre Season Training!
Winter is just around the corner, and the 16/17 season has started with a bang! Consistently cold temperatures and some good early snow fall in the Portes Du Soleil – as much as 161cm in places – has had everyone hailing it as the best November conditions they’ve seen for years!
With so much pre-season powder to play with, the Mountain Mavericks crew thought it would be rude not to, and have been getting out touring and snow-shoeing for their first slices of winter heaven.
(Early morning hikes in Avoriaz always provide a great view!)
In true earn-your-turns style, the team have been heading out on numerous ascents over the past week; searching for fresh lines and taking in the magic of being up in the now snow-capped mountains. Our newest team member Daisy got out to Mont Chery on Tuesday with the crew and here’s a little account from her of what they got up to…
(Mont Blanc is always a great view. Especially when the mountains are completely empty with great conditons!)
Daisy: “Arriving in Morzine a couple of days ago to substantial amounts of fresh snow and clear skies, stoke in town was high! Breathing in the fresh mountain air and taking in that this was home for Winter, inevitably my thoughts turned to riding. Only a short month had passed since my last ski tour in New Zealand, but I still couldn’t wait to get those legs and lungs going again!
So after getting our gear together, the Mountain Mavericks crew headed from the recently taken over Mountain Mavericks Le Cottage and out of town to tackle Mont Chery, a beautiful peak surrounded by snowy trees and amazing views in every direction.
(Ready for the ride down!)
The fairly short tour up became quite hard work with deep snow in places slowing the pace, but spirits were high and the excitement for the new Winter wonderland brought by November tangible. It was a tough slog straight up the piste, but finally making the summit we were rewarded with that amazing feeling of being on top of the world, and of course, the stunning view!
Looking out across a hazey white valley towards the majestic dome of Mont Blanc and the surrounding jagged peaks of the Aiguille Rouges, the final 20 minutes of pain were forgotten and the relief of reaching the top settled. How lucky were we that we could zip up a mountain in our spare time for incredible views like this, and using our own two legs! As so eloquently put by friend and Planks team rider Pete Oswald, “this is the purest form of freedom.”
After taking off my skins and changing from walk to ride mode whilst the others strapped into their boards, we were all set for some fresh lines and early season snow hype! Cruising down the un-pisted run with huge grins, sun out and plenty of fresh powder around; how could you not be stoked to call this place home!”
Daisy is our newest member of the Mountain Mavericks team and she will be keeping you up to date with Mountain Mavericks and the growing team.
If you’re jealous of her pre-season mountain fun – then contact us. We have a great deal for Christmas in our remaining chalet and have some availability in Le Cottage before Christmas. Flights are still very cheap and if this weather holds you’ll be skiing some amazing conditions!
Get in touch with our lovely bookings team and they’ll sort out everything for you.
Team Mountain Mavericks x