In the dusty corners of Chamonix's old hotels,bars and cafes you can sometimes find a stuffed goat like animal. Closer inspection reveals the legs on one side of the beast are much shorter than the other.This is the fabled Dahu, a rarest of creatures, hunted by folk of yore in the Haute Savoie, and perfectly adapted for walking round the steep hillsides whilst keeping its upper body level.
We've been on a similarly challenging hunt this week, searching for that rarest of mythical snow-types. Corn. Also known as spring snow, April is usually prime hunting season. Your prey is most commonly found after a couple days of freeze/thaw cycle, with the best hunting grounds being early on east facing slopes, mid to late morning on the sunniest slopes and then in the afternoon on west facing aspects. This April's been anything but normal however, and instead we keep getting fresh snow, the start of a freeze/thaw cycle, then back to more fresh snow before the old snow's had the chance to fully transform.