Andorra Ski Touring 2012 – report and photos

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Just back from a great weeks ski touring in Andorra, so time for a quick roundup of what we did plus a few photos:

Day one didn’t start exactly as planned, when my ABS bag got set off whilst pulling rucsacs out of the boot of the car at Grau Roig – Oops!  After deflating that, we went for a skin out above the resort and down into some quiet back bowls for a lovely lunch by a frozen lake – karma restored, we headed back through the system in the afternoon, taking various drops between the runs.

Day two we headed up Cometa del Forn.  This turned into a hot skin in rising temperatures – but we caught it just right for a brilliant spring snow descent on long, untracked SW facing slopes in the early afternoon.

Given the fine weather, we opted for a north facing option the following day – skinning up Pedrons before climbing on foot to the summit and taking a steep couloir descent to lunch.  In the afternoon we headed up to investigate an other couloir, finding some great old settled powder, before skiing spring snow down to the car.

Gary from Pyrenees Haven joined us on Day 4, for an ascent of Serrero – one of the classic ski peaks of the region.  Skiing the huge open slopes of the south face was a real highlight, with the good snow continuing right down to the valley.

Day 5 we got an early start for a drop off at 2400m on the Col de Envalira (thanks Debbie!) in order to traverse over from Andorra into France.  This turned into a huge day crossing passes and ridges, including one steep climb on foot and finally a full on ‘ski de combat’ mission down to the bar at Hospitalet.

On the final day, we woke up to overcast skies and fresh snow – so cracked the map, compass and altimeter out in order to nav up a nice little summit above Ransas.  A shorter tour, but great skiing on fresh powder down through the woods to finish off an excellent week.

Thanks to Gary and Debbie at Pyrenees Haven for their warm hospitality and the excellent food – a real home-from-home experience – and to Tony, Jon, Jim, Mark, Graham and Seb for the great crack and good company on the hill.