A couple more pics of March 1st to start.
For March 2nd we had yet another different guide, this time Tim. He really decided to take it super slow to start and I actually skied off ahead on the final traverse to P1 which he didn't like (we had already skied it so many times there was no way to get lost or anything), but it did get him to move the group faster after that. The best part of Tim's guiding was that he took a couple of entirely different routes down the 'classic' lines on both sides of the gondola. We started off with a warm up lap on the groomer next to the poma for no real apparent reason (perhaps he was sorting out our skill levels), then shifted to skiing the glacier to skiers right of the poma for another lap which we hadn't done yet. Mostly chalky, but a little bit wind sastrugi too.
Next we did a run down the Girose glacier again taking a different route and cutting across the spine of rocks at the Breche Pacave point on our way to the P2 station - the only run we ever did that went back to the mid way station of the gondolas. Again nothing particularly memorable about the terrain skied, but a totally different route making it more interesting. Lunch for the final day was again up at P3 basking in the sunshine.
After lunch we did our final couloir of the week heading over to Banane which sits near Patou. Narrow entrance, but quickly opens up into a decent chute. Again the snow in the couloir itself was nice and chalky and soft. After skiing down to P1 to catch the lift, 2 of our group including my brother opted to download early since with the sun moving things back to shadow we would not hit any other major terrain for the final lap. Instead we decided to go 'derby' style down the final run, not skiing fast, but continuously from top to just above the final pitch in one long run. There is an annual 'derby' at La Grave for fastest top to bottom run any route you choose to take, no gates. basically we skied terrain we had already done a couple times during the week, but when am I going to be back here?
Certainly there are a number of other routes that we had hope to get to do here but were too firm or had other dangers during our week. A run down into the town below La Grave (Freaux) was almost on the menu, but at 45 degrees and very narrow the guides were iffy on skiing it. A patron and his guide had died only 2 weeks prior (not a Skiers Lodge guide, but a french guide service) when the patron slid on a firm snow steep pitch and the guide tried to arrest the slide... Instead both ended up in rocks far below unable to self arrest.... Instead, we took what the mountain would allow and didn't take extreme risks.