A brilliant day out with heavy snow falling lying as powder as we gained height. We left Areche and dropped down to Beaufort before taking the narrow twisting road past Haute Luce to park at Belleville. Here we followed a steadily rising path passing rustic chalets and snow-draped pine trees. Higher up we passed the chalet de la Colombe that in summer provides refreshments. The snow continued to fall heavily but we kept walking past snow-laden trees zig-zagging up until eventually the increasing wind told us that we were on the spur over-looking the lake. We found a sheltered spot for lunch before a wonderful descent in the powder snow on a path that threaded its way down through the forest to rejoin our uphill route by the chalet de la Colombe.
By // by Mark Tennent