Friday, February 11, 2011

Ski de Fond in the Val Ferret

The weather continues.... bien, bien, bien. Still no snow on the horizon but the other side of the Mont Blanc Massif offers the best there is. We headed through the tunnel again today this time for a whizz up the Val Ferret for a cross country ski. 

The Italian Val Ferret offers 10 kms of easy blue piste with an additional 7 kms of harder black pistes that join in with the main area... cross country ski or ski de fond has the same grading system as down hill skiing... black, red & blue being the easiest. 

We arrived at 10.30am before the sun had reached the valley floor, this made for a cold start so getting a move on was the order of the hour! Within 2 kms we had reached the sun.... instant warmth and the removal of layers! Taking in the additional black loops we headed towards Lavachey... one final ascent before lunch proved the ultimate killer! Hence we arrived at the hotel at tad jaded... picnic, italian coffee and a well earned rest in the sun before heading back.

8 kms to return to Planpinceux including the addition black pistes... we headed back to our start point enjoying fabulous views of Mont Blanc and the Val Veny beyond. Another stunning day in the Val Ferret.

Mont Blanc Treks 2011

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