Day 5 of the Steep vanoise Tours week saw us heading high again, with a warm-up run down to Plan Bouchet before heading up to the highest lift-served point of the 3 Valleys. The snow on the North face was still invery good condition down to about 2800m.
Jack enjoying some deep powder below the cliffs:
Nick in action:
After a second lap and some transceiver/avalanche training the weather started closing in, and after a short lap in one of the couloirs of the Caron we called it a day.
Day 6 proved to be the highlight of the week, with a good mix of skinning & skiing. Traversing the Caron/Brequin ridge we managed to find some good snow down to the start of our skin track for the day.
Looks wind-affected, but was great to ski:
Great snow a bit lower down for Nick:
Jim matches track for track:
Time for some uphill action, heading for the Mt Brequin:
A short warm-up pitch to get us in the mood for the main event:
The bootpack u to the summit of the Brequin:
Looking into the North Couloir, 2 tracks from this morning... pipped to the post!:
Jack high in the couloir:
Jim drops in:
And opens up the gas lower down:
Jack leaving great tracks:
And the great snow kept on coming...:
600m vertical later, the snow finally started turning:
What a way to finish the week!
Despite the tricky conditions we managed to find some good skiing every day, with the Aiguille de Chanrossa & Mt Brequin the icing on the cake... roll on next year's course!