robboy and jules adventures

Boot Pack Baby

One of our favourite runs at the moment is the off-piste Crozat bowl. It is generally a closed run, but safe as it gets heavily tracked (in fact, they only generally open it once it is completely tracked). Last week, we had been bombing down through this bowl and noticed that people had started boot-packing off the traverse line up onto the ridge and then getting lines on a new section of the mountain that isn’t accessible from the lift system. After watching them for two days and checking the weather we planned to do it after a fresh dump of snow and on a lovely sunny day. We arrived early in the morning only to find that the bowl itself only had a few tracks in it. We opted to ride the bowl once on the fresh snow then come back to begin the boot-pack up to the ridge. We had a fantastic first run. Sparkling snow in the sunshine. When we came back up, we found a group of 4 already beginning the boot-pack up. Good news. We didn’t have to put the first steps in. We followed them up while they stomped in the staircase. The result was possibly the best run of the season so far. Cornice drop, followed by amazing untouched rollers, down to a summer village called Morzinette, and a snowy covered walking trail out through the trees. So much fun…

The ascent - boot pack. Addy B and Jules.

The ascent – boot pack. Addy B and Jules. Entry into Crozat bowl in the distance behind top right

Nearly at the top.

Nearly at the top.

Lunch doesn't get any better than this. Appetite worked up by the walk, sunshine, baguette (see King of Lunches post), and Mont Blanc in the distance. (ok, we could have hiked with a bottle of wine...)

Lunch doesn’t get any better than this. Appetite worked up by the walk, sunshine, baguette (see King of Lunches post), and Mont Blanc in the distance. (ok, we could have hiked with a bottle of wine…)

The ridge run to get to a location that no one had dropped into yet (Jules, and Addy B is the little black dot in the distance).

The ridge run to get to a location that no one had dropped into yet (Jules, and Addy B is the little black dot in the distance).

Jules cutting fresh lines

Jules cutting fresh lines

Addy B cornice drop with grab

Addy B cornice drop with grab

Addy B rides away in a cloud of powder

Addy B rides away in a cloud of powder

Captain Snowbeard cornice drop

Captain Snowbeard cornice drop

Captain Snowbeard rides away

Captain Snowbeard rides away

The third tree Rob has had to apologise to. No big trees yet though, thankfully.

The third tree Rob has had to apologise to. No big trees yet though, thankfully. Approaching Morzinette.

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5 thoughts on “Boot Pack Baby

  1. ah superb indeed love the king of lunches shot with Mt Blanc and cloud of powder! great photos to share. take care.xx

  2. Wasn’t it a tree you had to apologise to on your first run in the Rockies … way back when Rob … and remember that outcome … a heavy boot for the season!? 😦
    Still this one looked pretty forgiving, and of course the many intervening years of experience must count … right?! 😉
    Pretty impressive grab by Addy B by the way 8)
    M&D/D&G

  3. Loving your blog Robboy & Jules! Keep ’em coming!!

  4. Pingback: Portes du Soleil – Complete | robboy and jules adventures

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