Today was a particularly snowy day, we tested out the new Plattieres lift out of Mottaret which is very fast and blissfully quiet. The original Plattieres 3 Gondola is still in use and the transition from new to old is quite jarring although soon forgotten when we exited from the Gondola into deep, deep powder. The run down to St Martin was probably as good as it gets and lower down visibility improved dramatically.
Searching for lower altitude skiing saw us at the Meribel Altiport and onto one of my favourite runs "Piste des Animaux". Hidden at the base of the Loze Chairlift this short run through the trees features models of animals and informative signage. Not a person had skied down it and it appears no one with a shovel has been near it either as most of the animals are now hidden under snow or about to disappear.
The outlook is for more snow and hopefully a few clear days to take some pictures which really show off the area. In the meantime the following pictures represent the first week of the season.
|From Saulire mid station looking down to Meribel Altiport|
|Golf Chairlift in need of snow clearing|
|No sun but lots of powder!|
|Halfway down Foret run and the sun decides to show up|
|Festive decoration in Mottaret fighting a losing battle with the snow|
|Piste des Animaux, hopefully someone will come and dig the animals out soon|