Final week of the season for me in the alps – skiing with the family in Gressoney.  Deserted pistes and good spring  snow, the kids are getting pretty good now – skiing black runs and starting to venture off piste – I wish I’d been able to do that when I was six!

There’s nice off piste skiing in the mornings on spring snow and enough here to finish off the season, unlike most of France and much of western Switzerland – so if you’re desperately seeking the white stuff, Gressoney is a pretty good bet at the moment.

An important note on current avalanche conditions – last week the hot weather brought a lot of avalanche activity, particularly on steeper north facing slopes – with full depth wet slides sloughing off all over the place on a couple of hot afternoons.  If you are out touring or off piste skiing, then you need to be especially careful this season with route planning and timings throughout the day, as there have been a lot of accidents recently.

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