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    It is a bit dry mind, summer powder on rock! A...

    It is a bit dry mind, summer powder on rock!

    A fairly dry Chamrousse on Thurs

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-TdFI_H6xrAI/VUD04PZE6DI/AAAAAAAAMzo/TLSXa61eHy4/w868-h651-no/P1100349.JPG
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    With a bit of patience the snow finally arrived...

    With a bit of patience the snow finally arrived at my doorstep, enough to sign a couloir in the 7 Laux this afternoon
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    Some fresh up top after the weekend cooldown and...

    Some fresh up top after the weekend cooldown and storms for anyone motivated

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    We are waiting for more snow now but it was a...

    We are waiting for more snow now but it was a good 4 days. I was with a couple of friends, one down from Paris who only just learnt to ski and he got a lot out of it
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    L7L today, 800m of vert to play with. Around...

    L7L today, 800m of vert to play with. Around 5-10cm of fresh off piste.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Mx1JLHK84fg/UJQr75UZbyI/AAAAAAAAHtQ/UakQ99oZc34/s800/P1030593.JPG
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    Opening Wednesday but pshhhhh ...

    Opening Wednesday but pshhhhh

    http://www.les7laux.com/index.php/fr/menu-en-direct/87-actualites/283-info-du-moment.html
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    This morning near Grenoble ...

    This morning near Grenoble

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    Some back country action in the 7 Laux today ...

    Some back country action in the 7 Laux today

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OiuYjKfH1kE/TuDAEYV1s4I/AAAAAAAAGCc/1vEtTJ4j-oM/s800/P1020899.JPG
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    French resort openings this w/e. ...

    French resort openings this w/e.

    http://pistehors.com/news/forums/viewthread/1064/#3543

    Savoie/HS: Courchevel, Tignes, Val d’Isère, Val Thorens, Bessans (ski de fond), Les Arcs, Avoriaz,...
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    Nice....

    Nice....
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    Mont du Vallon in Meribel this weekend ...

    Mont du Vallon in Meribel this weekend

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l3E9IbA_jo
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    and some mellow turns in the glades behind Saint...

    and some mellow turns in the glades behind Saint P.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_w484K53jRak/TXJM4RlhH0I/AAAAAAAAFI0/Pz0uQVNvRTw/s800/P1000576.JPG
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    Still good conditions 10 days after the last snow...

    Still good conditions 10 days after the last snow in our secret spot close to Grobobble city

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_w484K53jRak/TXZHr0qoDrI/AAAAAAAAFK4/plM1zpEo6CQ/s800/P1000661.JPG
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    Maggot Ken shredding the gnar some place you guys...

    Maggot Ken shredding the gnar some place you guys are probably not that interested in

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_w484K53jRak/TW56UOuLvyI/AAAAAAAAFG4/loQlHCIGeR4/s800/P1000542.JPG
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    Terrible, probably his first day off this season...

    Terrible, probably his first day off this season too.
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    aie :eek:

    aie :eek:
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    Looks like Sylvain Saudan skiing.

    Looks like Sylvain Saudan skiing.
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    mmmm pink skis.

    mmmm pink skis.
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    For Grenoble you can't beat Meester Calepin: ...

    For Grenoble you can't beat Meester Calepin:

    http://geo.hmg.inpg.fr/mto/mto38.shtml
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    Yeah it is pretty sucky, rain to 2000m !

    Yeah it is pretty sucky, rain to 2000m !
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    Thursday did some touring on the Belledonne...

    Thursday did some touring on the Belledonne backside, around 5300' climbing, time to put the fritschis and rock skis away for this season though

    YouTube - Col de Comberousse Ski Tour

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    Playing on the low angled avy safe terrain...

    Playing on the low angled avy safe terrain somewhere around Grenoble backcountry yesterday
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    you had better weather than when I was up there ...

    you had better weather than when I was up there

    http://lh4.ggpht.com/_w484K53jRak/R6bpww9Oy8I/AAAAAAAAAfY/PvHfdkdi4Tg/s800/hillary-step.jpg

    then again we had better snow for the descent
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    I had a couple of hours to kill between dropping...

    I had a couple of hours to kill between dropping the Wee'un off at school and him snowshoeing up to the bakers to fetch my evening brioche so I called Anny and we headed up to le Chamchaude, the...
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    yeah, that's why I still use 220cm wooden skis...

    yeah, that's why I still use 220cm wooden skis with 65mm underfoot :-)
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    It is very bizarre this first week of December...

    It is very bizarre this first week of December heatwave, normally we get a foehn, a bit of rain to high altitudes at this time wouldn't be too bad if it gets cold right after. Anything but the foehn...
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    maybe they will open la Croisette this weekend...

    maybe they will open la Croisette this weekend :-) ?
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    Nice, urban skiers out in force in Annecy and...

    Nice, urban skiers out in force in Annecy and Grenoble last night.

    I've done a few routes on the Saleve if you are interested. I explored the Grand Gorge diretissima on foot in the summer but...
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    rain to 2800m apparently... good for the base...

    rain to 2800m apparently... good for the base they say. It is tradition at the start of December, better rain than a foehn.

    Can't see the mountains today from the office window
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    30cm outside the window, the avalancheur at the 7...

    30cm outside the window, the avalancheur at the 7 laux is working overtime, it is like the Somme, Christmas 1916. Lucky I bought snowshoes for the tot, he can go and fetch my baguette from the bakers.
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    10cm in GVA tonite. Nightmare getting out of...

    10cm in GVA tonite. Nightmare getting out of town. Had to drive through fields, traverse glasshouses and graveyards to get out of the mess. Am I the only person with snow tires in the whole of the...
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    You'll have to call in for a beer next time. I...

    You'll have to call in for a beer next time. I was going to go on Sat but had my 6 yr old in tow and they didn't have any of the easier terrain open so we went up to St Hills opposite instead.
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    a more comprehensive list of what exactly?

    a more comprehensive list of what exactly?
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    list of open French resorts that I know of: ...

    list of open French resorts that I know of:

    http://pistehors.com/news/forums/viewthread/702/

    The Pyrenean and Southern Alps resorts have the most open terrain at the moment.
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    I can't tell you much about CH weather, I spend...

    I can't tell you much about CH weather, I spend as little time in CH as possible but as this thread is "snow for the euros" and not just "snow for some guys who live near Lausanne" I can tell you...
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    FYI Les 7 Laux has been open for the last 3 days....

    FYI Les 7 Laux has been open for the last 3 days.

    http://lh4.ggpht.com/_w484K53jRak/TMmblZ51eWI/AAAAAAAAEbg/9E-XS8wt3-w/s800/DSCF3373.JPG

    must be some of the first non-glaciated terrain to open...
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    View from the office this morning. ...

    View from the office this morning.

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_w484K53jRak/TMKbDTY15pI/AAAAAAAAEao/1Tc7xnKN-RI/s800/DSCF3371.JPG

    The Alps are due a major pounding tomorrow.
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    ahh, I guess in that case the 8 people who died...

    ahh, I guess in that case the 8 people who died in avalanches in France over the last week didn't read your post.
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    It certainly adds some spice to any trip.

    It certainly adds some spice to any trip.
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    The best, as in like, dying, or the inverse?

    The best, as in like, dying, or the inverse?
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    Too busy skiing to post much, sorry. This is...

    Too busy skiing to post much, sorry.

    This is couloir X in Chamrousse a few days ago

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    I was ski guiding today up on the Taillefer above...

    I was ski guiding today up on the Taillefer above Grenoble. Probably some of the best conditions around given that the Chartreuse and Vercors are as dry as a witches tit at the moment.

    The slopes...
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    I think we're going to have to rename this thread...

    I think we're going to have to rename this thread "rain for the Euros". Lashed it down all afternoon at resort X below 1800m and it is still raining in the valley and the weather station claims 8.2...
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    French areas opening this weekend. ...

    French areas opening this weekend.

    http://pistehors.com/news/forums/viewthread/365/#1217

    Obviously les 2 alpes, Espace Killy and Val Thorens are already open.

    Rain to 1800m expected Sunday...
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    some photos from les 7 laux ...

    some photos from les 7 laux

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    Some pics from the Chartreuse/Belledonne theater...

    Some pics from the Chartreuse/Belledonne theater yesterday

    http://pistehors.com/news/forums/viewthread/364/

    not much snow below 1800m... about 20cm max.
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    les 7 laux near grenoble has a lift or two...

    les 7 laux near grenoble has a lift or two running tomorrow. First non glacial resort in France?
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    Jura has snow cover again, down to the top of the...

    Jura has snow cover again, down to the top of the Gex lift but I wouldn't want to ski on it. Saleve is green, so it must be quite a bit warmer on that side of the valley.
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    wassat? something awarded to guys who ski...

    wassat? something awarded to guys who ski asbestos powder?
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    I wouldn't exactly call that tree skiing, glade...

    I wouldn't exactly call that tree skiing, glade skiing maybe but it is essentially an open slope with a few trees dotted around. He then skis into a 35 degree loaded couloir without even waiting to...
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