Early Season Italian Treats

I love Italy. Di mangiare, la gente, la lingua, il modo di vivere..  How can you not fall in love with the food, the people, the language and the way of life?

It’s early December in Chamonix and since our last snow fall in mid-November its all been a bit…well… dry. Time to look elsewhere. And look elsewhere we certainly did.

Aren’t we lucky as Chamoniards to be able to drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel and enter into the magnificent val d’Aosta? A mere 30minute drive is all it takes and we can be looking at completely different mountain scenery, pondering an unlimited amount of new possibilities. The val d’Aosta is a wondrous valley giving access to some of the biggest and wildest ski areas in the Alps. The valley grants access to Monte Cervino, the Monta Rosa range and Gran Paradiso to name but a few. Resorts like Cervinia, La Thuile and Courmayeur are all within reach, not to mention the immeasurable amounts of ski touring possibilities as well.

Here’s some highlights from the past few days in Cervinia and ski touring around Courmayeur.

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Martin examines the terrain
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David Lillieroth topping out on a fine ridge
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Ben Finlay doing much the same
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3 black dots work their way through the shade towards the ridge in the distance
Cervinia Skiing
Cervinia
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Monte Bianco

With only the Grands Montets ski area partially open at present, it’s well worth while heading into Italy. The Skyway Monte Bianco lift has also recently opened granting skiers some epic conditions on the Helbronner. I’m hoping for a change in conditions for the Chamonix valley but it doesn’t look likely at the moment with more high pressure and clear skies forecast for the coming days. Well, a similar thing happened this time last Winter so I’m not worried, as January through to March provided incredible conditions. Same again please!

Grazie bella Italia.

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