Backcountry Skiing in the Pyrenees

Personal log of a novice backcountry skier in his backyard

Val d’Aran – 5 May 2012

Corn skiing in April/May? Not this year. It’s snowed more in April than in the rest of the season together. Unfortunately the snow spells have been followed by south winds (foehn) and rainy spells, so it’s gone from powder one hour to slush the next. Lots of bad weather and very little visibility in the Central and Western Pyrenees, while the Eastern Pyrenees have had better weather and some classic days apparently. May 1 being the exception as it was good pretty much everywhere in the morning (one resort – Masella- shut down on May the 1st with some of the best snow they’ve had in the whole season).

As far as me, I can finally take a break from work and family commitments this weekend -5 and 6 May. The forecast for Saturday is quite bad (bad weather, little visibility) so I decide to take Monday off and leave home after lunch on Saturday. Destination Baqueira Beret resort, in the Val d’Aran, which apparently has plenty of snow on the N faces. This time both the Scottish girl and Buffy are coming with me. After 3.5 hours of driving with some rain and nice views of the mountains in between clouds, we finally reach Baqueira. At 1500m there’s hardly any snow, so after a little walk we drive up to Pla de Beret and Orri, the 2 highest carparks on the North side at – roughly- 1900m. From the look of things, the Orri side of the Cap de Baqueira is the best bet (North face). The Tuc de Beret has little snow at the base – it faces West-, while you can skin up from the carpark of Orri all the way to the cap de Baqueira. That will be my goal tomorrow weather permitting.

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One comment on “Val d’Aran – 5 May 2012

  1. Pingback: Don’t dream it’s over – 13 May 2012 « Backcountry Skiing in the Pyrenees

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