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Hike & Ride

Hiking along the Mont Fort ridgeline

Location: Verbier
Snow: Spring snow; some soft, some firm
Weather: Bluebird, warm

A couple of nice spring snow hikes in Verbier today.

One off Mont Fort first; along the ridge for a ski traverse on the front side, steep ski over the back and a bootpack up to the top of a line on the front side which we had… [continue reading]

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… [continue reading]

Y Couloir

Graham: Finding the entrance to Y Couloir

Location: Argentiere Basin
Snow: Very firm & rutted at the top, softening lower
Weather: Bluebird, some wind

Graham and I headed up the Aiguille d’Argentiere to try to find good snow in the skier’s-right branch of Y Couloir today, but nae luck.  Very firm snow in the first half of the branch with horrible ruts, softening just a little lower… [continue reading]

Rond

Andy: Deep in the exit couloir

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: 30cm powder, some firm, some crusty
Weather: Sun & clouds, windy up high

Probably my last ski day of the winter today.  I wasn’t even going to ski but when a plan of West Couloir came together last night (another classic route I’ve not got round to skiing yet), I thought why not.  The plan… [continue reading]

Capucin Couloir

Longer turns in the second half of the couloir

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: 30-40cm powder
Weather: Bluebird, cold

I only have a week of skiing left this winter as I’m going to Finale for a few days’ biking next Thursday before heading to Glasgow for a week.  So only a few good weather days left to get some good final descents in.  Today: Capucin Couloir on the NE… [continue reading]

Mont Buet NE Face

First turns on Mont Buet's NE face, incredible

Location: Aiguilles Rouges
Snow: Soft & smooth on N aspects, variable elsewhere, heavy lower down
Weather: Very light cloud

Conditions have been prime this week for high altitude steep skiing on north faces so all of Chamonix’s trophy lines have seen a lot of action but I had only one thing on my mind: a descent of Mont Buet’s NE… [continue reading]

Couloir du Pissoir

Graham: First turn of the descent

Location: Argentiere Basin to Trient
Snow: Sugary/soft/crusty
Weather: Hazy cloud

A little redemption today on the Couloir du Pissoir after failing to take the best approach route last winter.  From surprisingly quiet first bins at Grands Montets we headed across the Argentiere Glacier to climb to Col du Passon, across the Tour Glacier to climb to a col south-east of… [continue reading]

Para Face

Jan: Heading down the Para Face in perfect conditions

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: Chalky & tracked then soft & tracked then 25cm powder
Weather: Bluebird

The Para Face descent from the old Midi lift top station consistently provides some of the best turns of the winter, and today was no exception.  Off 10am lifts we headed in via Glacier Rond (my first time in 4 years); a bit… [continue reading]

Pic De La Corne NW Couloir

Fleur: Dropping in off the summit

Location: Chablais Alps
Snow: 20cm powder, some slightly windpacked, some firm
Weather: Hazy cloud

Another fine weather day today and from the look of my Facebook feed a lot of friends have been out enjoying the conditions around the Chamonix Valley.  With the avalanche danger still high we fancied something a bit safer so we settled on the low-elevation NW… [continue reading]

Col du Plan

Lorne: Tight & steep but feeling good in the couloir (photo: Ben Tibbetts)

Location: Aiguille du Midi
Snow: Mostly 20-25cm powder, some thinner scratchy sections
Weather: Hazy cloud

I’ve been fairly vocal of my lack of interest in skiing any of the trophy lines on the high-consequence terrain of the Aiguille du Midi’s north face since finding my feet in Chamonix (see this Camptocamp climbing guide for an idea) …but also known to… [continue reading]

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