Personal log of a novice backcountry skier in his backyard
Last week was very quiet: no snow near home due to a freak heat wave, and a S front hitting most of the Pyrenees. On Friday Andoni called to see if I had today off and wanted to do something before the next front hits. The initial plan was to go to the Portalet, but after checking the weather reports thoroughly, Andoni decided it was this area too close to the dividing line of the Pyrenees and the weather would be too poor due to the S front. So last night we changed our plan and hit the French side instead, near the resort of Baréges in the Tourmalet area (a very familiar name to all road cyclist and Tour de France aficionados I suppose). We met today at 6.30am at my place and drove past Lourdes to Barèges, arriving a little bit after 9. First surprise: the road was closed quite lower than usual due to avalanches, which meant starting lower than planned. We got ready and started skinning up towards the vallon d’Aoube, which leads to the Col of the same name on its W side. To our right we bypassed three large avalanches (old) that got our attention. Andoni though was not feeling quite well and seeing that the W front was arriving sooner than forecasted, we turned around 200m away from our objective. It was a bit of a shame after such a long drive, but better than getting lost in the snowstorn with a sick companion. Anyway we got to enjoy very nice corn on the way down to the car.
Now… let’s see what this W to NW front brings us near home these next few days!! Saioa anyone?!? 🙂