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Volume XII THE Issue I OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Page 1 May 1, 2005 HAUTE cont. from page 10 within a few hundred feet of the top where we encounter more difficult ground. Our guide, Res, sets up a rope for our party to pass this last tricky section to the top—we’re now in Italy. Res points out structures put in place to guard the borders of the two countries during World I & II. From the top we make another ski decent on good mixed snow conditions to the Crete Seche Hut in Italy. That afternoon we enjoyed a delicious pre dinner snack of. . . what else .. . ? “Pasta!” Views from the hut of the towering peaks and valley are spectacular. March 31 guide has spent most of the night up monitoring the weather, which has put down everal inches of snow overnight. By dawn the storm has lifted and he feels conditions are safe enough for us to continue as planned. We ascend the same valley we skied down the day before. Near the top we veer left from where we had been yesterday, climbing up a different pass. At the top of the pass most in our group make a side venture and climb to the top of Mt. Moshally. The scenery is spectacular but is somewhat obscured by some cloud cover and light snow. From near the top of Mt. Moshally we make a several thousand foot descent enjoying great turns in fresh powder. A bus is waiting for us at the bottom to shuttle us to a small town in Italy. We spend the night in a comfortable hotel with spectacular Mt. Blane massif and surrounding peaks. April 1 he day dawned clear and the view of the famine around the Mt. Blanc massif are astounding. We were concerned we would not be able to complete this leg of our journey because whiteout conditions from the three previous days had prevented anyone from doing any skiing in the. Fortunately, the weather cooperated perfectly with blue skies, sunshine, and fresh powder. The tour started with 3 tram rides to the top of Hell Bronner and the start of the Valley Blanche. The views in all directions were Sushy conditions until the snow peters out. e remaining mile or so to the Chanrion Hut—our destination for the night At dinner we “pork out” and are fascinated by the different nationalities present and mix of languages being spoken by the other touring parties. Dinner finished, most of our party retires early to gain needed rest. Party members descend a glacier on the west face of the Matterhorn. March 30 We have another early start at the crack of dawn. Skies are partly cloudy. Today we cross the border form Switzerland into Italy. We go through our morning ritual of packing, eating breakfast, and putting our ski gear on. We start with a short ski decent, followed by a traverse up into a narrow rugged gorge where we must and ascend a large alpine basin surrounded by Jagged peaks. Ahead of us w he pass we ust cross which is the border between Switvesand and Italy. We make good time to 5500 South Fork of the Valley Blanche with a tram and train ride into Chamonioux, France felt very fortunate to have been able to accomplish all that was planned under such favorable conditions, allowing us to see breath taking scenery; truly, it was the trip of a lifetime. Note: Brad Miller and Eric Bauman work for Ogden City and Weber County fire ae rtments as paramedics and fireman. Richard and Cindy Baker have four children. Cindy teaches school at Snowcrest Junior High and her husband Richard works for Northrop Grumman. Res von Konnel, the tour guide, is a certified Swiss mountain guide who has his own guiding service—Alpins portiv, in Muelenin, Switzerland. He can be reached via email at ep gouaticg ous Ip absolutely stunning. In one direction we saw Mt. Blanc. In another, numerous other peaks, including the Matterhorn in the distance—our original starting point. After several pictures and a few moments trying to comprehend it all, we started our ski descent of the Valley Blanche and the Mar De Glace. The ski descent down the Valley Blanche is several thousand feet and reputed to be one of the Jongest ski descents i in the world. countless peaks and spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers. Our guide led the way, guiding us safely through glacial ice falls and crevasses. Conditions for the descent were ideal with fresh untracked powder snow, blue sky, and sunshine. The skii tour culmi d at the bottom . ft. House River You ne at your ae 4 N. Elkview Dr. 3557N. MAY 7th « 11-3pm BRANDI oe 3583 N. Elkview Dr. Elkview Dr. °¢ Refreshments HAMMON Local Innovative Specialist 801-389- 4438 REAL ESTATE yp VL? 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