skieuropenow.typepad.com > Monterosa Ski - Gressoney La Trinite April 2011

April 2 arrival (9)

April 2 arrival (9)

Looking north from hotel room balcony. Lot of construction trash melting out of snow.


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April 2 arrival (12)

Panoramic shot from hotel room balcony.


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April 2 arrival (21)

Main square and church in Gressoney La Trinite. Pretty small square but then again GLT is not a big village.


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April 2 arrival (29)

Looking north from hotel room at Castor in center; Lyskamm peak is hidden to right in clouds.


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April 2 arrival (41)

Church at night.


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April 2 arrival (45)

My flight from Paris to Turin; flying right over Geneva. You can see the Geneva airport to the right of the engine.


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April 2 arrival (46)

Starting to see the Alps on my flight to Turin.


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April 2 arrival (49)

The Alps.


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April 2 arrival (54)

Arrival at Turin airport, waiting for my taxi driver to get the car.


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April 2 arrival (56)

Main road to Aosta Valley and Gressoney La Trinite.


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April 2 arrival (59)

Ancient Roman bridge over Lys River in Pont-St.-Martin.


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April 2 arrival (61)

Arrival at Hotel Lo Scoiattolo in Gressoney La Trinite.


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April 2 arrival (67)

My room in the Hotel Lo Scoiattolo.


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April 2 arrival (70)

Looking south down the valley.


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April 2 arrival (73)

Part of the Hotel Scoiattolo where the apartments are located.


April 3 d1 ski (3)

April 3 d1 ski (3)

Riding the Stefal-Gabiet gondola. Nice tight doors.


April 3 d1 ski (9) Stitch

April 3 d1 ski (9) Stitch

Stitch photo of part of Olen piste on Alagna side. Major peak in distance is Mont Tagliaferro.


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April 3 d1 ski (19)

The Pianalunga-Bocchetta chair with Corno Blanco in the far distance (the highest peak).


April 3 d1 ski (17) Stitch

April 3 d1 ski (17) Stitch

Stitch photo of Pianalunga-Bocchetta chair. Alagna valley on left and large cliff that the new tram goes over on the right.


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April 3 d1 ski (36)

Close up of Corno Rosso (I think).


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April 3 d1 ski (40)

Old abandoned tram going from Bocchetta to Punta Indren. I think it has been out of service for about four years but doesn't look like any plans to get rid of it.


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April 3 d1 ski (47)

Panoramic photo looking northwest from top of Pianalunga-Bocchetta chair. Top of Monte Rosa is cut off. Opps.


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April 3 d1 ski (60)

Part of the Monte Rosa massif, Punta Gnifetti perhaps.


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April 3 d1 ski (64)

Pianalunga-Bocchetta chair, looking south.


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April 3 d1 ski (86)

Lunch/beer stop on first day, looking a cliff/ridgeline above Olen piste.


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April 3 d1 ski (100)

Riding the Pianalunga-Bocchetta chair and looking down Mullero piste. Great corn snow. Olen piste in the far distance across the valley.


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April 3 d1 ski (106)

Sometimes translation isn't so great. Tank You?


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April 3 d1 ski (122) Stitch

Stitch photo from Pianalunga-Bocchetta chair looking NW.


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April 3 d1 ski (148)

Liquid lunch. Menabrea beer, one of the few local beers. Ok quality but we have much more variety and better quality beers here in the US. Didn't think I would ever say that.


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April 3 d1 ski (154)

Olen piste again. Taken with new Sony tx-10 with panoramic photo feature. Turned out reasonably well.


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April 3 d1 ski (155)

Looking back up Olen piste. Steeper than it looks in the photo; about 30 degrees. Sloppy, sloppy corn snow; almost like waterskiing.


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April 3 d1 ski (167) Stitch

Midstation of the Pianalunga-Salati tram. Stitch photo looking to the south.


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April 3 d1 ski (170)

Looking down the line of the Pianalunga-Salati tram from the midstation. Each side is a complete separate tram system.


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April 3 d1 ski (171)

Another view from Salati tram midstation.


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April 3 d1 ski (172)

Closeup of the terrain above the Olen piste; there are ski track leading to a couloir in the cliff face with the exit to the left.


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April 3 d1 ski (174)

Start of Salati piste on the Stafal/Gressoney La Trinite side.


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April 3 d1 ski (176)

Looking back up Salati piste. Pretty sloppy conditions.


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April 3 d1 ski (186)

Panoramic photo from top of Gabiet-Lago chair, and looking down top part of Castore piste.


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April 3 d1 ski (192)

Looking down part of Moos piste.


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April 3 d1 ski (199)

North side of the abandoned Hotel Busca Thedy. Creepy.


April 4 d2 ski (9) Stitch

April 4 d2 ski (9) Stitch

Stitch photo of Salati piste. Not the best of days.


April 4 d2 ski (19) Stitch

April 4 d2 ski (19) Stitch

Stitch photo of Stafal village with Delle Marmote piste across the valley (then closed from halfway down). Taken from bottom of Moos piste.


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April 4 d2 ski (29)

Riding the St. Anna-Colle Betta chair and looking at part of the Pistone Betta piste. Not many folks on it.


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April 4 d2 ski (31)

Another shot of the Pistone Betta piste.


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April 4 d2 ski (45)

Pistone Betta piste again.


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April 4 d2 ski (73) Stitch

Better stitch photo of Salati piste with a 270 degree view. Clouds finally started to break up late in the day.


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April 4 d2 ski (101)


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April 4 d2 ski (116)

Riding the Punta Jolanda chair in the rain. Not the best start to the day.


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April 4 d2 ski (119)

Looking down the Gressoney valley from the top of Punta Jolanda chair.


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April 4 d2 ski (123)

Bottom part of Chamois piste and looking back up at Jolanda 1 black piste.


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