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Exploring Verbier with Portaski

 

I’m very pleased I drove out to Chamonix as by now a fair amount of people living here for the season are complaining of “Valley Fever.” My Portaski and little Peugeot 107 has, however, enabled me to get out when I want and explore without much hassle at all.

 

Verbier is just over an hour’s drive away and there is a bit of a hill to the main lift station- so whilst you have to park somewhere downhill- I can just strap on the portaski and cruise up it.

 

I was very keen to familiarise myself with the resort including the areas Bruson, La Fouly, and Champex-Lac and also some of the après bars, as I’ve been mentioning them on the après ski show for Mountain Radio Verbier which I record with a mic and some editing software on my laptop on my kitchen table in Chamonix.

 

Soon Verbier will also look quite different, when “Les Trois Rocs”, ( . www.lestroisrocs.com) the new W Hotel is built by the Médran station, along with the towns first pedestrian square outside it, Place Blanche, which you will be able to ski right down into.  Despite après-ski drink in “Lounge & Casbah” then a night at ‘The Farm’ club, I was ready for a day’s skiing with Warren Smith, whose Ski Academy (www.warrensmith-skiacademy.com) is based there. Hooking up my skis to the portaski and rolling them up the hill was a good idea, as the weather was pretty cold and bleak and the “back to basics” session, working on my carving technique- or lack of carving technique- in the white out conditions took a lot of energy out of me. Instead of skiing back to town however, I spent the night at the high altitude Cabane de Mont Fort on the slopes of Mont Fort at 2457m and after a very solid sleep I skied down and headed over to La Fouly, in the Ferret Valley and had great fun swinging up and down its “natural” black, half pipe run.

Next stop was a stay at the Montagne Alternative , a collection of five beautifully refurbished old farm barns nestled in the quiet hamlet of Commeire, not far from Bruson.  It’s incredibly peaceful and secluded and –very hilly! Again, Portaski came into its own, saving my strength for the bumps and endless runs of Verbier. This time I was actually able to see some of the impressive views and enjoy the wide, sweeping pistes which pose quite a contrast to the more gnarly runs and off-piste of Chamonix

 

portaski · 1791 days ago
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Exploring Verbier with Portaski