This morning when my alarm when off at 6am, I dragged myself out of bed grabbed a bite to eat and jumped into the van to get to the Midi lift station in time to bag a spot in the first bin up. You can't help but feel like the real deal when you stroll towards the lift station wearing a harness with numerous shiny ice screws and carabiners dangling off jingling, skies resting on shoulder and helmet in the crook of your arm. (If only my skiing was as cool as all the gear looks)
I met up with some friends for a beautiful day touring up to Col d'entreves before descending via the Valley Blanc.
The sun was shining and there was just a gentle breeze to cool us down. This is alpine weather at its best. We could see for miles, Swiss and Italian summits in the background.
The snow was a little on the wind packed side making it a challenging ski, lumps and bumps all over the place. Whilst working our way up, my friend Chris shouted back to me
"Erin is this crevas territory?"
I replied "yes its a Glacier, Why"
He shouted back "because theres a bloody big hole up here"
This was Chris's first ski tour on a glacier and he was a newbie to seeing crevasses. I must admit I remember how dramatic they look when you first see one. Its like a huge crack has just split the ground beneath your feet wide open. The are deep and dark, a place you really don't want to pay a visit.
Glaciers are a dangerous beast and should be treated with respect. This time last year I had skied over this exact spot, now there stood a gigantic hole. A clear reminder that the environment up here is always changing and you need to be on your toes. Snow can easily hide these crevasse and they are continuously moving, you can't be too relaxed about it.
Its funny to think that one day I am driving a mini bus to pay my rent, the next I am skiing between these 4000m towering peaks and over accent glaciers that carved out these steep vallies. Some times I feel like I lead a double life. I couldn't ask for a better life.
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