Today I have an appointment with Henrik and Claudia for a day of off-piste skiing from Méribel.
We meet at the foot of the Saulire express cable car. This young couple wants to get off the slopes on not too steep slopes and at a leisurely pace. I provide them with the safety equipment for the day: DVA, shovel and probe. We take the Légende chairlift and move away from the track. I teach them how the safety equipment works and what to do.
From the crest of Tougnette, I take them on small easy and slightly steep off-piste to see their level of skiing. Everything is going well and we are heading for Roc de Fer. We leave the slopes at the top of the Olympic to ski the beautiful gentle slopes of the Rafforts. A crossing on the wide ridge above Béranger leads us to the pass which brings us back to Les Rafforts.
The snow is good, there are about 30 cm of powder snow and very few traces. Henrik and Claudia follow the turns. Claudia is doing very well despite her little off-piste practice. Henrik is very comfortable playing with terrain and trees. We reach the Rafforts track at the bottom of the slopes.
Back at Méribel la Chaudane we go back to Saulire and we head to Courchevel and the Valley of Avals. From Chanrossa, we leave the slopes to go to the Avals canyon. Only 3 tracks in the canyon, so there is plenty of room to draw beautiful curves. The descent is magnificent, everyone appreciates we take our time. The exit is a little more physical because you have to push a little on the poles and join the cross-country track.
It is 2.30 p.m. a well-deserved break in a good restaurant is essential because fatigue is felt. The return to Méribel is done quietly by the slopes. One fine day, my little couple is happy and we should see each other again next year.
Interested in this kind of guided outing? Please have a look here.