Barbey Couloir

Alex: The most fun section of the descent

Location: Argentiere Basin
Snow: Boot-top powder where it mattered
Weather: Bluebird

Excellent conditions in Barbey Couloir today off the back side of the Aiguille d’Argentiere.  A little firm at the top but once through the rock choke the snow was near-perfect boot-top powder, just a little sluffy but nothing to worry us much.  Steep but not scary-steep; very fun.  The return ascent to Col du Chardonnet nearly finished our legs off but the mellow spring snow descent back towards the resort was still good fun, and a slushy mogul-filled Pierre Ric homerun brought us down for celebratory panachés in classic style.

Entering the rock choke as the snow got good

Graham: Steep slope, soft snow; perfect

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