Saturday, 5 April 2008

Pisteur's Couloir

This weekend I've been over in Val D'Isere for a few days work. Yesterday we had a great day enjoying perfect conditions on and off piste.
A light covering of fresh snow was there and waiting to be tracked out, with great conditions on the Cairn, and down the Vallon Perdu.
Tim coming through the 'mousehole':

Later in the afternoon Tim, Charles and John came up for a look at Pisteur's Couloir on the Mont Charvet. This classic line is clearly visible from the top of the Olympique & the Fontaine Froide area. The top 40m was fairly interesting, with a 165cm wide trench down the 45 degree slope (obviously left by skiing dwarves) which we all struggled to fit our skis into:

From there down conditions were superb, with soft snow sloughing off on every turn.
Tim just below the 'trench of doom':

Charles in the mid-section:

John enjoying the wider slopes near the bottom of the couloir:

And again on the exit slopes:

A great end to a great day. Tim with the couloir in the background:

1 comment:

  1. Everytime I came out of a lift and looked at the Rocher du Charvet, I couldn't believe that we had gone down that amazingly direct couloir! Such a stunning mountain with the sunlight on it. Simon - the pictures are great and really enjoyed the diary. Thanks for 3 brilliant days skiing. Keep up the great work. John