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Aiguille d’Entreves – Chamonix Diaries 2017 – Part 1

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Sick of all the neck deep pow and tree skiing that’s been going down in BC, Canada this winter, it was time for me to go on a mission to the land of sun, cheese, chocolate, wine… and corn. Freshly landed in Chamonix, France a week or so ago, first thing on the to do list was to get some vitamin D, so we headed up the Aiguille du Midi for a classic moderate ski tour to and from the land of Pizza and Cappuccino. What we were really after though was the corn on the menu, and boy was it tasty.

In classic Chamonix style, even when you want to go for a moderate ski run you still have to climb an exposed rock ridge to get to the damn thing. So we wandered up the Aiguille d’Entreves then feasted on an all-you-can-eat corn buffet down to the shiny new Helbronner mid station. This new station is straight out of the movie ‘Passenger‘, only without Hollywood’s hottest two stars having sex all the time. It’s a massive, super-modern, mostly-glass building with a fancy rotating tram, but there was maybe 5 staff in the whole building (who were probably robots), and maybe another 5 skiers who’d made similar laps.

We digress. Back to corn shredding, we hopped out of Helbronner and schralped some re-frozen not-so-corn snow down the Valle Noire back to the glacier train and back down to Chamonix for beers. Great to kick the trip off with a spring classic.

Up 'n away. This view always leads to a good day. Damn they know how to make cool lifts around here.

Up ‘n away. This view always leads to a good day. Damn they know how to make cool lifts around here. Jamie Bond photo.

Touring towards Italy. And another ridiculous lift photo. Can you spot it? Jamie Bond photo.

Touring towards Italy. And another ridiculous lift photo. Can you spot it? Jamie Bond photo.

Marcus Waring heading up the ridge, hungry for corn. Jamie Bond photo.

Marcus Waring heading up the ridge, hungry for corn. Jamie Bond photo.

Seth Adams likes it on top. Jamie Bond photo.

Seth Adams likes being on top. Jamie Bond photo.

Matt Cote and Marcus Waring debate which corn dish to indulge in. Jamie Bond photo.

Matt Cote and Marcus Waring debate which corn dish to indulge in. Jamie Bond photo.

Marcus Waring digging in. Jamie Bond photo.

Marcus Waring digging in. Jamie Bond photo.

Looking back at the first lap. Jamie Bond photo.

Looking back at the first lap. Jamie Bond photo.

Looking back at the first lap. Jamie Bond photo.

Marcus flirting with the ice on the way back home. Jamie Bond photo.

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