Jerry, Jeff and Rick in the Vallée Blanche – March 6, 2011

Jerry Minzel and his friend Rick Billingham of the Seattle area joined us in 2007 on a Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route. This year they came over again, this time with Jerry’s son Jeff, and all of their wives (Vicki, Judy and Lori, respectively) for a week of on and off-piste skiing. They hired Kathy (and Mark of course joined in as “official” photographer) for a descent of the Vallee Blanche.

We have only 5 photos in this post. For more photos of this threesome go here.

"Hiking" down the arete of the Aiguille du Midi.


Jerry shows the "crud" who's boss.


No ropes needed to define the edge of THIS "piste".


We leave the peaceful glide of this section to "whoop-de-doo" in the dry (at this time of year) bed of the melt stream that drains the surface of the Mer de Glace in the summer melt season. Jeff keeps it together through the sinuous "S" curves!


Mark gets artsy again. The ice of the grotto.



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