We had another short break at the col and started skiing back towards the Argentiere Glacier at 4.30pm, in nice soft spring corn, surprisingly not feeling too soft and slushy even with the very warm temperatures (I didn't even put my jacket & gloves on for the descent). Back around at Grands Montets resort's midstation the Pierre a Ric home run piste was a different story altogether: the biggest, slushiest moguls I've skied in a long time! Luckily the lifts were now closed so there weren't many skiers on the piste.
With fresh legs and heavy alpine skis this would have been a really fun run to smash through at high speed, but with 1650m in our legs, lightweight gear and heavy packs it was a sensibly slow descent, with me trying to ski the bumps with good form even if I did need to take a couple of breaks along the way!
Celebratory beers in the sunny car park bar finished off probably my most memorable day of the winter, and definitely one of the best ski tours I've ever done. Big thanks to my partners Graham & Alex for sharing the day with me.
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