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2018/01/11 4 Days of Snowboarding at Verbier's 4 Vallées
π 2018-01-11 01:01 in Snow

After a mostly not so good time in France, we had more luck in Switzerland. The day we arrived was right after a snowstorm, and had good powder and few crowds on the first day (thursday).

yeah, nice to have a sea of green lights for open lifts, all the way to the top
yeah, nice to have a sea of green lights for open lifts, all the way to the top





last cable car to the very top
last cable car to the very top

great view
great view


I sent Arturo first to see how far down he'd slide uncontrollably, but the snow was great, so he didn't :)
I sent Arturo first to see how far down he'd slide uncontrollably, but the snow was great, so he didn't :)





we rode the cable car to Mt Fort a few times too
we rode the cable car to Mt Fort a few times too


top of the world, kinda :)
top of the world, kinda :)


The next day, we went to Chamonix, so we were back the following day, a Saturday, which was mildly busy:




we found a sidecountry exit
we found a sidecountry exit


inviting path down
inviting path down


whee!
whee!

the road down went by swiss chalets
the road down went by swiss chalets

riding down to the road where a bus would pick us up
riding down to the road where a bus would pick us up

barely made it to the hourly bus with 30 seconds to spare
barely made it to the hourly bus with 30 seconds to spare

we got dropped off another entrance to the resort
we got dropped off another entrance to the resort


found more powder to be had :)
found more powder to be had :)

getting back to Verbier was more time consuming, long-ish lines
getting back to Verbier was more time consuming, long-ish lines


more lines
more lines

I then took an interesting off resort road carved in the mountain, col des mines
I then took an interesting off resort road carved in the mountain, col des mines


The next day still, there was still more powder to be had. We went back to the other side of the resort and did another nice side country run:



back on the traverse path, waiting for snowboarders without poles :)
back on the traverse path, waiting for snowboarders without poles :)



it was fun to ride across the switchbacks between Swiss Chalets, James Bond style
it was fun to ride across the switchbacks between Swiss Chalets, James Bond style

and back to the road, waiting for the bus
and back to the road, waiting for the bus

ride back up ot the resort
ride back up ot the resort

Here's a summary video of the sidecountry run:


one of the bases has view of the local small airport
one of the bases has view of the local small airport




I then took Arturo to the other side country exit to another base of the resort
I then took Arturo to the other side country exit to another base of the resort


you end up on a road
you end up on a road



The last day (I skipped one sunny day with less powder), it was very windy, so we went to another side of the resort that was more basic, but also more sheltered from the wind:



[rigimg:1024:613*|I ended up on top of that "cliff" by mistake, and barely got out]



our side of the resort was the only bit that had lifts open higher up despite the wind
our side of the resort was the only bit that had lifts open higher up despite the wind

And that was it for Verbier. We had a great time there and much better snow than in France.


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