It’s always hard to know if it’s going to be busy in the Val d’Anniviers, there’s never a great number of people but the lift system is a little antiquated sometimes particularly here in Zinal where queues for the téléphérique can build up in the morning although it’s rarely more then 20 minutes. Anyway, Saint-Luc is always quieter so I headed there, it’s even quieter if you leave the piste behind and climb a little on skins. My basic plan was to have a late lunch at the Hotel Weisshorn which is an altitude hotel and cut off during the winter reachable only by snowmobile or on foot/skis/snowshoes etc.
To start with I rode to the top of the Bella Tola at 3025m and skied a little way down to the Pas du Boeuf and took a small climb/traverse to the Meidsee before climbing up to the Meidpass and making a descent to the Le Chiesso and then climbing to Vijioi before traversing to the Hotel Weisshorn for a very pleasant rösti and glass of fendant (a local white wine from the Valais).
The last few metres of the ascent to the Meidpass is slightly awkward, it starts off gradually and you’re wondering if it’s worth putting the skins on again but the last section is so steep you end up kicking steps wondering if it’s worth racking the skis to keep the hands free. Then of course it’s pretty cold on the top so after a couple of photographs I skied down.
The snow’s not quite as good as it looks maybe, on the east side of the Meidpass it had been quite pleasant but the descent from the Meidpass was mostly one fairly crusty snow and it was slightly awkward in places, it’s a fairly easy gradient though so it was just easier to take big long turns and enjoy the scenery.