Bright blue skies and un-crowded slopes made for pleasant skiing in Verbier. The snow promised for 2 days ago didn’t materialise, instead we are experiencing a mix of hard pack and spring snow skiing.
Conditions on the main mountain are icy in the morning but softening up in most places by early afternoon. The advice is to have a late breakfast then follow the sun – from Attelas to La Chaux first thing then on the sections below Ruinettes after lunch..
Most of the itinerary routes remain closed. However, Tortin is reported to be in good condition as is Mont Fort – except the traverse at the top which is somewhat rocky. Fontaney now has large icy moguls great for masochists – but for the rest of us best avoided until a new snowfall arrives.
At Savoleyres the front side of the mountain is icy early on but then quickly turns to spring snow down the front. The red run down to La Tzoumaz is to be avoided unless you want to practice your technique over the large sections of sheet ice.
The parapenting (paragliding) community were out in force today taking advantage of the warm breeze coming up from the valley. The next few days look ideal for taking to the skies and I will be following up on my basic pilot course by learning to take off and land on skis – will let you know if this is easier than running!
The weather forecast for the next couple of days is sunny with temperatures of around –1 C on the mountain and low wind speeds
Parapenting at Ruinnette