Friday, 1 April 2011

Steep Vanoise Tours (part 3)

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!

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