Two planes, two buses and twenty two hours later we arrived in La Grave, France. Word was that they had been having an amazing season. The wind decided to get their a day before us and blow the powder away. No worries it was a beautiful day so we headed out to see what we could find.
The snow wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t terrible. The sun was out and we were in the Alps, it doesn’t get much better then that.
Dylan had been to La Grave three years ago and had been dying to get back ever since. Here he is dropping into a couloir we found.
The size of the mountains is phenomenal. The freedom to go wherever you want is refreshing. Your responsible to know where you are going and to make the call on your own safety.
We found another cool little couloir and Dylan dropped in. We found the best snow to be in the steep sheltered couloirs.
After five laps on the Telepherique my legs were cooked so we grabbed some food.
Dylan enjoying a cheese plate and fresh berry pie. Life is good in France. Stay tuned for more updates. Bonjour.
We got out for a short hike and ski today before we head to France tomorrow in search of better snow. The Wasatch is pretty grim right now, so we are excited to leave.
Dylan Freed booting up what looks like spring skiing.
Yes, The Wasatch is that dry right now.
Dylan dropping in for his last turns in Utah.
Hopefully when we come back after eating a bunch of cheese and drinking lots of wine the snow will be better. Adieu!
There is one thing in the Wasatch backcountry you should try harder to avoid than avalanches. That would be this man (don’t let the floral sofa fabric hat disarm you).
An avalung or air bag won’t protect you from the onslaught of verbal abuse that freely flows forth. After your first encounter you’ll skin away mad, insulted or confused and usually all three.
Bob Athey has been breaking trail in the Wasatch for over thirty five years. He covers more ground and gets more untracked powder than anybody out there. You would think that might lead to a peaceful harmonious existence, but no. Our paths have crossed many times and we enjoy taking our licks.
Bob had a brief appearance in PW06, but we didn’t really capture his crusty character. We’re back at it trying to do him justice.
Love him or hate him, Bob is a legend in his own mind and in the Wasatch. We appreciate the privilege to have him lead us around in the mountains.
There really isn’t anybody with as much experience and knowledge as Bob.
He’s developed a great site to deliver his snow pack observations. Visit wizard of the Wasatch to stay on top of current conditions and enjoy beautiful images.
Thank you Bob for letting us follow you around and for making the backcountry even more fascinating.