A great trip skiing in the Lauziere not far from the Col de la Madeleine.? We set off from the road at 06h00 as the warm weather would quickly change the snow from marginal to wet porridge.? It was lovely watching the dawn sky brighten as we passed below the Logis des Fees on the way to the Portes de Montmelian.? Steve, my friend from Scotland was with me, as was my son, Stephen.? We chose the route to avoid steep slopes and there was plenty of evidence of avalanches the previous day; big wet snow slides.? Finally at the ridge we looked out over the Combe de Savoie, to the Bauges mountains in the direction of Chambery.? We waited about 20 minutes for the snow to soften a bit more in the sun before setting off.? The first slope was great skiing.? Further down, depending on the aspect the snow was either slightly crusted or deep damp snow with no real base; far from ideal conditions and requiring good technique.? Still it was good to be out in the mountains.