Champoluc at Easter - Quick Report

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Champoluc at Easter - Quick Report

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Admin posted Apr-2015

Pending more time between skiing and eating...

Drove UK to an overnight stop near Geneva on Good Friday; no hold-ups and traffic around Geneva remarkably quiet for a Friday evening... presumably everyone was busy trying to get through the Mont Blanc Tunnel which had a 3 hour wait and was being described as "Sature" on the Autoroute warnings!

Through the MB tunnel at 08:00 the next morning with no wait and into Champoluc at 10:30, saw us up the mountain by lunchtime.

Snow fell sporadically through Saturday afternoon and vis was pretty variable but everyone found their ski legs regardless.

Saturday night brought about 10cm snow, right down into the town, so Sunday's skiing was superb. Given it was Easter Sunday, it was remarkably quiet...



Easter Monday dawned bright and clear, and - as expected - seemed to bring half of Italy up the mountain with it. Apart from a couple of 15-minute queues at the 4-man chair above Frachey (a bit of a bottleneck) it wasn't an issue though and by 12:30 the pistes were emptying as the locals started lunching (gotta love Italy).



Snow is holding up very well; the base is excellent and the surface is generally "packed powder" with a typical Spring freeze/thaw layer lower down. Lower runs getting a bit slushy by mid-afternoon but well covered and fun... although we opted out of the increasingly aquatic home run for the end of the day. Even with a couple of youngsters/early intermediates we still covered every run in the sector yesterday.



Locals all as friendly as we remember (last here 9 years ago) and food, drink and supermarket prices are all cheaper than UK thanks to the exchange rate.

A quick mention to Ruben and his team in the Telemark Ski Shop who are giving us terrific service with our kit and are very friendly and helpful (disclosure :- yes, we work with SkiSet but they're clearly doing the same for all their clients).



Right, have a small group of small people wishing to ski to Gressoney...
The Admin Man
Edited 1 time. Last update at 27-Feb-2018

Gareth Fair
reply to 'Champoluc at Easter - Quick Report'
posted Apr-2015

Sounds brilliant, you gotta love Italian skiing.
I'm hope to get to Champlouc next season.
When in doubt?....Flat out.

Tony_H
reply to 'Champoluc at Easter - Quick Report'
posted Apr-2015

I have excellent memories of Champoluc. Enjoy Dave!!
www  New and improved me

Admin
reply to 'Champoluc at Easter - Quick Report'
posted Apr-2015

Tony_H wrote:I have excellent memories of Champoluc. Enjoy Dave!!

All is good...

I know you're not a particular fan of Spring Skiing Tony, but sitting in the sun eating Italian ice cream, with an ice-cold Weissbeer on its way, is a darned fine way to end a day skiing under blue skies!

A little warmer today but still a lovely chalky packed surface up top, with a very light layer of slush lower down except on the most South-facing and lower runs where the slush is piling up by mid-afternoon.

Found our way to the "Churen" pizzeria last night, which has no fewer than 50 varieties of pizza on the menu... and excellent they were too. Really enjoying the combination of reasonable Italian prices and the exchange rate; 5 pizzas, a couple of desserts and a round of drinks is averaging €70-80 (~£55).

Really warming to Champoluc; the off-piste/freeride expanse above Frachey is very reminiscent of the Balme sector of La Clusaz (regular readers will know we're rather fond of that!) which is no bad thing.

The pistes are a nice variety for bringing on intermediate skiers, although the Red grading here varies from "this is a bit lame" to "Bloody Hell" to quote one of our number.

We're being very conservative with our choice of slopes "between and beside", as the snow pack has been rotten all winter, but there's still a lot of fun to be had amongst the milder gullies and tree runs. Some of the steeper slopes on the Gressoney side are starting to purge and I'd be surprised if we didn't see some quite big slides as the weather warms later this week.

It's been quite interesting to find out how much we missed from our previous trip; that was in January, bucketing snow and poor viz all week so we didn't see much of the landscape! Already thinking seriously of a return next winter; it's funny when your list of must-ski-soon places gets longer as you visit one, instead of shorter...

Anyway, another day, another pizza...
The Admin Man
Edited 1 time. Last update at 08-Apr-2015

Tony_H
reply to 'Champoluc at Easter - Quick Report'
posted Apr-2015

Admin wrote:
Tony_H wrote:I have excellent memories of Champoluc. Enjoy Dave!!

All is good...

I know you're not a particular fan of Spring Skiing Tony, but sitting in the sun eating Italian ice cream, with an ice-cold Weissbeer on its way, is a darned fine way to end a day skiing under blue skies!



What on earth gave you that idea?

Every day ends liken that for me on my March trips, ok without the ice cream maybe
www  New and improved me

Topic last updated on 09-April-2015 at 12:03

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