Aiguille Verte- Couturier Couloir

Posted: January 10, 2013 in Alpine, Climb, extreme, Ski
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Ski line in Red with down climbs marked in Green.

Yesterday myself and Jon Griffith headed up to the Argentiere basin for a bit of cardio training, the plan was to climb both the Couturier couloir on the Aiguille Verte and the Legarde direct on Les Droites. Unfortunately i woke up with a bit of a cough and cold so the plan changed to just one route. We got on the first lift up and i decided to take my skis up the route to see if any of it was skiable. We were stood on the summit by 12.30pm and although the skiing conditions were far from ideal with hard snow and ice close to the surface, i managed to ski most of the couloir, with one short down climb of about 15m and one longer one of around 100m. I would love to find this couloir in good condition one day and make a proper descent with no down climbing and GS turns but im still satisfied to have skied down this legendary line.  Thanks to Jon for the day and his great photos, more here…

http://www.alpineexposures.com/blogs/chamonix-conditions/7156536-eiger-n-face-couturier-couloir-encore-une-fois-a-busy-few-weeks

Jon climbing low in the couloir.

Jon climbing low in the couloir.

Jon on the summit.

Jon on the summit.

Me skiing down the mellow slopes from the summit. (© Jon Griffith)

Me skiing down the mellow slopes from the summit. (© Jon Griffith)

© Jon Griffith

© Jon Griffith

Jump turning as the couloir gets steep. © Jon Griffith

Jump turning as the couloir gets steep.
© Jon Griffith

© Jon Griffith

© Jon Griffith

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Comments
  1. Guilhem says:

    Waouh ! With such hard snow conditions, we can call your job “super extreme skiing”. Congratulations as well about the aiguille Chenavier couloir.

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