It was time for a trip to Switzerland, and another unfinished project. We planned to ski tour Mont Velan, a beautiful summit overlooked during the Classic Haute Route.
Starting from Bourg St Pierre, you skin up for about 4 hours (took us longer due to crap snow) to the Cabane Velan. Which is open during the winter months and well stocked with wood. Mattresses and blankets are available. I found this day difficult due to the previous day, aching body parts, being unfit and the deep snow.
The huge Grand Combin which we overlook from the hut. The Plateau du Couloir route nips behind the dark semi circle shape halfway up on the right.
The next day was overcast and we had a nice skin up the the Col. Here you pull on chains (if they aren't buried) over mixed terrain to cross over the rock band.
The descent, before the snow and cloud came. We decided to take a trip through the glacier, rather than skinning up and over. It paid off, phew.