My Nook Color seems to go weird when my posts get very long...
I should note that the avi beacon prep consistes of a 10minute video and a short conversation. No 3hour training and practice like most of North America.
For day 2 we stayed on the front side of La Grave, eventually getting 4 runs in.our "warm up" run consitsed of over 4,600' down the main valley back to the lower gondola P1 station. Certainly the first time I have ever loaded a moving gondola while climbing up stairs
. The snow is a mix of cue ball in spots, minor sastrugi on occasion, and some honest to goodness chalky snow. In fact more of the latter. Of course that only holds until a certain elevation where all aspects are simply refrozen ice and frequently bumps as you appraoch the P1 station.
Our second run was down the glacier to skiers left of the upper poma and then a zig zag route after that; though somehow goinv right past the coulier where Doug Coombs lost his life. The top of that area is nothing worth noting to get there, but it is a pretty exposed, long, "sketchy" coulier that they fell into.
After a delicious lunch at the cafe at the top of the upper gondola we did a route that included a section called Rock Garden. Getting to it involves about 3k of traversing down the skiers left of the main gut to the left of the upper gondola. This run finally added some pitch, perhaps 40 degrees.
Our final run after hitting P1 yet again was a long run down under the hanging seracs of the main gut