12.14.2008 - 12.17.2008 30 °F
Successfully made it back to Chamonix, and without a hitch. Right off the plane I was offered a place to live from a climbing buddy from this summer, but sharing a 10x12 with a Canadian girl I just met seems a bit too risky, so I will keep looking.
I've made it back and now all i've got to handle is the inability to sleep before 2am (4am last night) and I must begin the tasks of finding work and a place to put my approximately 100lbs of crap. Unfortunately that 100lbs does not include a pair of skis, and so the beautiful snow-covered peaks are out of my reach until then.
Since there hadn't been snow for a few days, I was able to ride a bicycle into town (20min one way) in the freezing air, twice, to get some errands done. My ears were freezing, the rest of me was a living furnace (save for my shins, which were in open air because I rolled my pants out of the chain's way and I hadn't yet excavated my long socks).
Interestingly enough, last night's forecast of "chance of snow showers" turned into a good five/six inches overnight. Perhaps the French learned to forecast in Colorado? In any case, the weather outside is frightful, but gorgeous all the same. No sign of letting up yet, skiing will be amazing for the next few days...I'm off to find skis!
Yesterday I broke down and rented skis for the day. Photos below. Beautiful & about 10inches of NEW snow...!