This area covers three mountains or regions easily accessible from Chamonix: Rocher Des Fiz, Aguille Charlanon and Grande Floria. The bus was much more civilized this morning and it took very little time to get up the Planpraz gondola and rhen onto the blue runs from there. We didn’t spend much time on the part of the mountain and moved across to the Cornu lift and skied the long, wiggly Le Charlanon red run, which was good fun. We took the Liason gondola across to the next mountain for runs off the Index chair lift, getting confused by the mix of runs which seemed to turn into a maze! I fell over rather hard and list both skis on the blue Index piste, on a lumpy bit of snow and also managed to give my knee a good wrench! Ouch! It was still smarting when we had lunch at the bottom of that chair lift, but then not enough to stop me skiing on. After lunch we went down a few fun green runs off the Trappe lift, and I did some nice carving that I was happy with. We then did the best run of the day (we all agreed) that was recommended to me by a couple of guys who I sat next to me on a lift. This is Lachenal, which is a red run that looks scary on the trail map but was a joy: lots of great snow and long stretches of steep that had good contours and made for lots of fun. It was tiring on the legs though. We ended up having a fun planning and trying to get to a café that was really difficult to locate, and redid the blue that I had my crash on (I did it much better this time). Finally made it to the café at Chavanne and had beers to celebrate, before retracing our route, via blue runs, back across the mountains to the chair lift where we started. The light was very flat at times today, which made for some challenging bumps skiing. We all coped well with this though.
Back to the apartment and then we had a couple of jugs of beer at The Jekyll before baths and a rest. Wandered into town for dinner in Le Dragon d’Or Chinese restaurant and coincidentally it was Chinese New Year. Celebrated this with a lychee liquer compliments of the house, served in pretty little glasses that had fish-eye bubbles in the bottom that showed pictures of naked women when the glasses were full of liquid: tasteful! The meal was great. Wandered into the town centre for drinks in a lovely bar with an upstairs room fully wood panelled in an Art Deco style. Then wandered back to The Jekyll for some Vin Chaud. My knee is pretty stiff now, as I’m lying bed. Great day.