Les Courtes- Couloir Angelique

Posted: February 24, 2013 in Ski, tour
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Angelique couloir- © Luca Pandolfi

Angelique couloir- © Luca Pandolfi

This winter has probably been the best snow year in Chamonix I have experienced, but with so much bad weather there hasn’t been much opportunity to get up into the high mountains and most of the past six weeks have been spent lift served powder skiing. Its been incredibly good fun but left me unfit and unacclimatized, so as a warm up for bigger plans and to check the snow on the Southerly aspects, I headed up Les Courtes NE slope with Luca Pandolfi and Tom Grant with the plan to ski the Angelique couloir.

The day started in the usual way with us running late and missing the first couple of lifts but we still managed to find a completely untracked way down to the Argentiere glacier with deep cold snow several days after the last snowfall, a nice surprise. The climbing up the NE face was pretty hard going in deep snow with no track and as we were nearing the top i was quickly losing motivation, thanks to Tom for keeping his physic and smashing out the last part of the boot pack by himself and then letting me drop in first!

I had skied this couloir several years ago after climbing up it but the top 60m were too rocky and we started just below this. So it was nice to find the top was well filled with snow this year allowing us to ski straight in with only a couple of meters of side slipping and no rappel. Both times I have been lucky enough to have great quality deep snow making for some fun and fast skiing in one of the most aesthetic couloirs in the massive.

Me skinning up the Argentiere glacier- © Tom Grant

Me skinning up the Argentiere glacier- © Tom Grant

Ben-1

Me climbing up the NE face- © Tom Grant

Luca dropping in- © Tom Grant

Luca dropping in- © Tom Grant

Tom-1

Tom- © Luca Pandolfi

Me- © Luca Pandolfi

Me- © Luca Pandolfi

Luca- © Tom Grant

Luca- © Tom Grant

Ben-3.

Me- © Tom Grant

Good snow top to bottom, Tom after exiting the couloir.- © Luca Pandolfi

Good snow top to bottom, Tom after exiting the couloir.- © Luca Pandolfi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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