curvedspace Mont Blanc sunset, taken from the balcony. One of a few reliable, visual indicators of an approaching snow storm, is Mont Blanc wearing it's cloud hat. it also lends a little more sublimity to the Monarch of the Alps.

Montorlin, La Plagne Tarentaise
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curvedspace I managed to drag myself off of my sickbed today to go shoot the FIS Telemark World Cup, being held once again in paradise.

#montchavin #la_plagne #paradiski
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curvedspace Tiny figures down at the lake's edge. For the record there are two of them. Night shooting up at the Col de la Vanoise, 2517m / 8258ft.

Vanoise NP, Graian Alps, France.
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curvedspace Back in Autumn and the Lac du Chevril, Tignes. Hard to believe there's a village under all that water, but there is. Well what remains anyway, which is mostly the outlines of houses and buildings, washed away, down to their foundations. There is however, what appears to be a perfectly usable arched bridge.
Chances are none of that will be seen again for another few years.

It's snowing hard again, hitting the hill tomorrow, stay frosty folks.
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curvedspace A little evening colour on this somber Monday.

Rosuel, Ponturin valley, Graian Alps, France.
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curvedspace The snow is falling thick and fast, and it's set to continue until the end of next week. It'll be a different place when all this is over.

Have fun, stay safe.

Lac du Chevril, Tignes, French Alps.
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curvedspace Now this is what Winter is supposed to look like; finally the snow turned up. Let us not quibble about the timing, but rather embrace the fact that it showed up at all.
The Aiguille de Terrassin this evening. Happy 2016 everyone, and happy new year trails.

Tarentaise Valley, Graian Alps, France.
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curvedspace Back a few weeks, standing at 2517m / 8258ft, and shooting the Aiguille de la Vanoise, Vanoise National Park, Graian Alps, France. 2mon

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curvedspace Rosuel, Ponturin valley, Graian Alps, France.

Almost there, season opens at the weekend, some snow would be a bonus.
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curvedspace Sunset at Rosuel. Ponturin valley, Graian Alps, France. 2mon

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curvedspace A little more from the frozen lake of Rosuel, Ponturin Valley, Graian Alps, France. 2mon

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curvedspace Last lights, last evening, Rosuel,,Ponturin Valley, Graian Alps, France. 2mon

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curvedspace Rosuel (1556m / 5104 ft), one of the gateways to the Vanoise National Park.
Watching the day's end with the sentinel peaks of Mont Pourri (3779m / 12398ft), the Dôme de la Sache (3588m / 11673ft) and the Dôme des Platieres (3473m / 11394ft.) Graian Alps, France.

Happy snowy trails folks.
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curvedspace Quand on n'a que l'amour,
pour parler aux canons.
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When we only have love,
to speak to the cannons.
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Jacques Brel
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Vive la France
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curvedspace Fluid dynamics; turbulent morning mist as the sun clears the mountains and briefly messes about on the lake.
This morning, lac du Chevril, Tignes, Graian Alps, France
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curvedspace The Aiguille du Franchet (2809m / 9215ft), imperiously lit above the lac du Chevril, the day rolling away, the Sun's parting caress.

Tignes in the Haute Tarentaise, Graian Alps, France, yesterday.
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curvedspace Autumn at the lake. Lac du Chevril, Tignes, earlier today.

Graian Alps, France.
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curvedspace We were born before the wind,
Also younger than the sun.... Last lights at 2517m / 8258ft, Col de la Vaniose, Graian Alps, France.
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curvedspace Today, 9 November 2015, would've been the 81st birthday of the incomparable Carl Sagan; part mystic, all scientist, evangelical prophet of reason and humanity. One of the greatest minds of a generation, and one that today is sorely missed.

People from all over the planet are paying tribute by posting favourite quotes under #Saganisms , so here is mine, (again.) .
"We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose. Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring."
Carl Sagan, Cosmos
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curvedspace Going through mountains of files in an attempt to bring some order to at least a corner of my life, I came across this and thought it might benefit from a little edit.
Taken maybe 6 years ago with a crappy, by modern standards compact, (sorry bro, @tommy_dollars) on a beautiful February morning, on the North Face of the Bellecôte massif.
The thing about riding these 40-60° north facing slopes is, apart from the technical challenge, you do it for the powder, deep, pure, beautiful powder.... or you know, not.
Of course when they're as inaccessible as this one is, you kind of have to take it on faith that it won't have been blown away by huge wind shears. Which as you can see from the boiler plate under our feet, it totally had been.
The first time I rode this hill, 13 years ago, my guide was full of excellent advice; "Andy, it is better if you do not fall here." Wonder why that stuck with me.

That's Mont Blanc to the left of my head, and yes I still own those pants.

@la_plagne @paradiski Graian Alps, France.
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