Friday, May 8, 2015

Going deep on the steeps

Before the last storm we managed to get some nice skiing done at Argentiere with Jeremie Heitz.

Arriving to the parking we were psyched about our plan to try a bigger line I haven't skied at the Basin. Last storm brought some sticky snow on the steeps and there was supposed to be a short weather window to nail it. We were top motivated to use it to the maximum!

But like often this year the weather started playing games again. As we got up to top of Grands Montets wind was picking up and clouds were gathering around the Argentiere summits. I was very disappointed, but it didn't look too promising to climb and ski a big line. To get something done we went for our plan B to ski the Chevalier.

So we climbed up to Petite Verte in really deep snow to check the Chevalier Couloir. As expected it was in good condition with lots of fresh powder. Actually this was the first time I got to ski this nice line from the top with just couple meters of side stepping. Good warm up!

After powder blast in the Chevalier we decided to climb up the neighbouring Gigord if only possible with such a deep snow. It was damn hard work swimming up the couloir in waist deep powder. With Jeremie as trail braking master we made it to the top and got to enjoy our deepest steep descent of the year. Good times, even-though we had to change our plans again. Can't really complain too much after skiing two nice steep lines with perfect powder ;-) Thanks again Jeremie!

First view down to Chevalier
Jeremie doing the hard work

Top section of Chevalier

Top section of Chevalier

Testing the snow after the little crux

Couple gentle turn....

...and then full gas... 

Gigord Couloir

Looking for some new variations

Only shot I managed to take of the descent

@Grands Montets

@Grands Montets

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