When skiers travel across the world an immediate gamble is made as weather, snow quality, and overall snowpack dictate what they are able to get into. It matters not how competent they are, how much money they spent, or how seemingly accessible their objectives are. Any skier on any trip can get skunked or score depending on what Mother Nature has to say. Last February three California based skiers found their way to the center of the universe for ski mountaineers. The plan was to ski in and around the famed Chamonix Valley with a visit to La Grave on the side. The following words and pictures share their story. This is the first piece in a five part series.
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