Stunning! We went on a beautiful sunny day after lots of fresh snow had fallen, so conditions were perfect. As a result, the mountain was teeming with people. subject to your ability I suggest you either choose to go really early or really late to avoid the crowds. Clealry the VB should not be skied without a guide and I recommend taking a private guide if you you are either not totally confident of your ability or want to take photos. The skiing itself was relativley straightforward, nothing steep or narrow but it is off piste and so you need to be competent in powder and on moguls to enjoy the day. People with fear of hights need not apply - the descent along the ridge from the Aiguille du Midi onto the level from where you can commence skiing (the Arerete) is scary even on a good day. Oh and freezing cold. The views make up for this though. On a good day you can ski all the way back down to Chamonix (arriving at Les Planards) however this does involve hiking up to the Montenevers road from the Mer du Glace with the ski's on your back or shoulder so make sure you reserve plenty of energy for that. This is the bit nobody tells you about and it can be a real killer. The road down to Les Planards can be filled wiht icy moguls - make sure you check with your guide whether you should attempt this, otherwise it may be better to take the train down for the last bit.
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