Since Easter I’we been working two weekends, both off-pist skiing and ski touring. I had hoped to do some alpine climbing on my days off, but weather has not been the best for climbing. It’s been cold and snowing almost every day so the skiing been really good. At least when the lifts been open. I’ve had a few good days in Les Grands Montets, but the best one’s been on Aiguille du Midi, either skiing something on the Enveres side or on the west side.
A few months ago I bought a helmet camera, but I have not used until now. On monday I finally tried it when skiing the Cunningham Couloir (Passerelle) on Midi with Jonno. It’s the couloir that’s under the bridge on Midi. I’ve wanted to ski it for a long time and it was fun to finally do it, and to do it in good conditions. Often you can start skiing from higher than we did, but now it’s not that much snow high in the couloir and we saw no point in trying to ski on ice and rock. The Cunningham appears to be very steep when seen from the bridge, but its not that bad. And for Chamonix standards, its quite mellow. But never the less, fun skiing and abseiling off the bridge always feels a bit scary. The snow in the couloir was really good, but the Rond had been skied a lot the day before so the snow in the exit couloir was not the best. Because of the cold weather we could enjoy powder skiing all the way down to the old mid-station.
I’ve tried my best to make a small video from the experience….
Now I’ve had enough of lift queues and closed lifts in Chamonix and look forward to getting home to Norway again for spring ski-touring and rock climbing there. I go directly to Turtagrø in Jotunheimen to organize all the guided tours on High Camp so I guess it’s still a week and a half until I can ski without to much people around.
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