This is at the moment the only one snowkiting spot available here in France as the snow is melting a very lot up to 2.300m lately.
So sad that all the nice fresh powder snow disappears so quickly due to the warm weather and south wind blowing.
Another bad point, is that the french army is organizing trainings in our mountains and it's forbidden to go to the Galibier area which is the best at the moment and would be great this week as the S/E wind was blowing quite every day.
We only have the right to keep kiting near the Pass and here the snow is really poor at the moment.
Anyway, the session was good today although the sky was covered and the snow really hard.
Let's expect for the next snowshower which is due to friday and saturday.
We can see below the army car checking out every kiter and touring-skier to forbid them all for trying to go to the Galibier mountains.
The wind was remaining the same than the three past days, I mean too much South/West so it's blowing against the high mountains Galibier then goes down to La Grave and crossing along the Lautaret.
On the area "Jardin Alpin", it was super gusty, lot of rotors, On-Off, sketchy, scary, at the end not so super good actualy.
We tried to go towards "Trois Evêchés" but the wind was definitely blowing downhill back there.
The snow is melting super fast as you can see on the pictures, and very bad for skiing, we staid stucked on the snow even with perfect wax put to the skis yesterday evening.
This super dark cloud cover was not the best for the visibility on the snow. Super flat light so pretty dangerous to cruise too much fast as we couldn't see the holes or windlips and the risk to fall down into one of them was super high.
Quite nobody kiting on the spot, the real snowkiters are more clever than us, Gauthier and me.
We went rather early on the spot as the forecasts said rainy around noon and getting stronger and stronger to the night.
After one hour on the first spot, we went to the opposite side of the road, behind the five stars Hotel.
This area is often better during such conditions, the wind blowing more stable here.
That was the occasion to give a try to our HQ Race prototypes 10m, 14m and especialy to the new 20m arrived yesterday.
No hill-gliding with these Formula 1, but testing the rushes, the acceleration, the loops and other fast movements we have to do during a Race.
We had a very cool moment here and even we went right behind La Pyramide to explore the terrain.
But the rain came and didn't stop for about one full hour.
As the forecasts said it was due to get harder and harder, we packed the kites and stopped the session.
No worries, no problemo, that was a cool day and we'll come back sooner or later.
The weather forecast websites were right for today.
S/E wind blowing in the morning and getting super strong in the afternoon with dark black clouds coming fast.
So we started the session from the Lautaret Pass about 8h and we had to wait at the first step called "L'antenne" as the wind was not yet going to the right direction. Big and hard gusts didn't allow us to go further ahead.
In this case, we have to wait for better conditions, and they were coming about 10h, and so we managed to reach the top of the mythical area "Les Trois Evêchés".
Six kiters went to the top and all other couldn't come as the wind conditions were really sketchy.
Near the summits, the deep fresh powder snow was incredible.
Not so often seen such great snow quality.
We had a very huuuge session, with steepy slopes runs, hill-gliding, freeride cruising.
At 1 PM, the sky was getting really dark and the wind increasing very hard.
That was time to stop.
Now, two days raining/snowing so let's hope for super conditions right after the snowshowers.
Summertime isn't the best snowkiting season actualy.
But some glaciers in the Alps are open for summercamps and international ski-racing training-weeks.
Of course the skipass is expansive and once again, this is not really into the core snowkiting spirit...
But this occasion serves for super cool snowkiting sessions with unbelievable landscapes.
All glacier ski-resorts in the Alps are about 3.500m and that's the case for the one near my place.
This one is called "Glacier du Jandri" near La Grave and Les 2 Alpes.
The snowkting spot is situated right between these two famous ski-resorts but this is a mountaineering playground so no rescue staff here and if you decide to get up-there for a session, you'll have to do it under your own risks.
No mobile phone connection here...
Lot of crevasses around and you do know that the more dangerous of them are not seen but covered by a thin slice of snow called roof and which will break when the snowkiter will cross the area.
So, even if we can see wonderful snowy endless slopes, never go there with your kite and keep safely on the top of the dome called "Col de la Girose" or "Dome de la Lauze". Check out the map and keep careful with that info.
Anyway, if you stay on the top of the glacier, where there is quite no crevasse risks, you'll go kiting surrounded by a stunning landscape.
Famous peak La Meije, or Le Râteau, and as well Pic de La Grave, seem so close than you feel like touching them with your hand.
The session will be very often above the clouds and we can think to be on the top of the world.
What amazing is the view here and especialy with a colored kite cruising in the air and the kiter drawing is own track on the snow.
During this july 5th, the snow was soft as the 0°c kept about 3.700m, but three days ago (I couldn't get up there) that was 30cm fresh powder snow and I guess snowkiting would be a real dream.
Don't think to cruise for so much long distance as the spot is pretty small.
Look at my Kitetracker file, this is not the best of the season...
But you can be sure that if you are lucky enough to have such cool session, you'll never forget it for all your life.
The wind during this session was N/W 5-10 knots so strong enough for cruising and not too much to get afraid.
But at this high elevation, we never know and the wind can increase super fast so always keep ready to pack and go skiing back to the resort quickly if the bad weather comes.
The snowpack was the best I saw during all these past years.
Lot of large areas with only rocks two or five years ago are now covered with perfect 50cm or 1m snow.
I went up-there with my loved Frenzy Ultralite 13m as the forecast was due to be super gentle wind.
OK, if you are motivated enough, I mean : my kind of snowkiting junky, don't hesitate to check out if there is any glacier near your place, get your snowkiting gear ready, find all the safety infos you can collect about your spot, and enjoy the best skiing sport ever : SNOWKITING !!!