I’ve been enjoying a few days this week around Isenau above Les Diablerets. It’s a small ski area which may close this year if funds aren’t found to renew the access lift. But, I’ve not been using the lift. It’s possible to park at the col du Pillon and snowshoe from there. Initially it’s prepared trail but you can leave that quite quickly and take a tour around the alpages (mountain farms) and past the Lac Retaud which is frozen in the winter of course.
The deer, called chevreuil in French or roe deer in the UK, I just happened to see on my way home one afternoon so I snapped a quick photo. It’s a pair, the male has the horns and the female is leading the way.
It’s been a couple of weeks now since the last snow and the cold air has restructured the snow a bit leaving loose, cold snow in places which is quite pretty. A lot of the tracks in the area are my own from other days but it’s still easy to find untracked snow in glades and on forest tracks. It’s pretty cold though, the col du Pillon is just arctic in the morning and the old advice for clothing “cold from the car” is really easy to follow if you leave the car somewhere like that.