Our winters are nothing like what they once were.
You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Mont Blanc from the apartment in Bassins. We're moving in May. Hunh.
La Barillette, 2 April
This is one of the forestry roads that winds back and forth up the Grande Côte de Bonmont, the forests overlooking Lake Geneva; we've started at about 950m on the Route Blanche, the road between Nyon and St-Cergue.
These are the cliffs, probably an old quarry, called the Rochers de Pierre Lente at about 1300m. A dead end for us today -- back up to the left we go.
An old track leads up a bit higher. Normally, in early April, this would not be snowfree.
The café-restaurant of La Barillette appears at about 1450m. Until a few years ago there was an active downhill ski traffic here, topping out at the lift station just behind the tree on the left.
That's the lift station there, forlorn in its idleness.
The view of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc from the terrasse of the café
The village of Nyon below with the zoom on
Mont Blanc, zoomed
Les Diablêrets farther along the lake
Back down toward St-Cergue by way of the former ski runs
Pointe de Poêle Chaud, 9 April
No paths for us, we've taken the direttissima route straight up the forests on the northwest side from Couvaloup-de-Crans.
Topping out of the forest, with the summit in view
The wind gauge on top of the Pointe de Poêle Chaud
This is the shortwave radio station at the summit at 1628m.
La Dôle across the way
La Dôle in all of its radar-station glory
The Chalet de la Dôle below, at 1439m, now functioning as a full service summer buvette and restaurant
La Barillette and its Swisscom towers, from the Pointe de Poêle Chaude, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) behind
The Dents du Midi, scene of our former hijinks, probably never to be recaptured at this stage