Jax at the top of Greppon Blanc
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So instead we decided on the Bisse de Chevré from Siviez which we did as one of our early hikes. However, in the back of my mind I thought about climbing up to Greppon Blanc above the Combatseline ski lift and then hiking along the ridge to Mont Rouge before heading back down to Siviez. After a lovey coffee at the lift station, I suggested out new (3rd itinerary of the day) to Mike and bless his patience he agreed.
Easy walk along the ski road for about a km to loosen our legs before a straight uphill section of 300m to the top of the pomma lift. Was very warm and I was sweating, needed to mop my forehead to stop the suntan lotion from running into my eyes! But we kept plodding up and it only took us about an hour to get to the summit where we enjoyed some homemade tomato and orange soup along with truly magnificent views.
We then had a very enjoyable hike along the ridgeline towards Mont Rouge, stopping for our lunch below the cross on Mt Loéré which was nice and secluded. The way down would make a good skinning route up in the winter, as it was the summer we feasted on small ripe bilberries and chatted about the skiing we have done here in the winter. Soon we were back to familiar territory, our skinning trail from Siviez to Combatseline. A great trail to hike down, no pressure in my knees and as a bonus wild raspberries to snack on which we found growing alongside our trail.
We took the riverside route back when we got to the bottom, instead of the road, which was delightful and gave us an opportunity to paddle in the Prinste River on the way back to cool our feet down. Afternoon topped off with a beer at one of our favourite bars before heading out for a Pizza at Tsin Tsin in Nendaz for dinner.
Great day, very special and nice not to be an epic. See below for a compilation of our photos, press play to view.