Tricot South Face and NW slopes under the Aiguille du Bionnassay.

Posted: December 2, 2013 in Ski
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The route.  © Ben Briggs

The route. © Ben Briggs

Upper part of the route- Tricot south face.  © Ben Briggs

Upper part of the route- Tricot south face. © Ben Briggs

Last week Brendan O’Sullivan and I once again headed up to the Plan Glacier hut to ski a route we had seen from the Domes de Miage. The route can roughly be split into two half’s, the first up NW facing slopes to join a hanging glacier and the second up the S face of the Tricot. We could find no information on it from any of our guide books but have since found a report from a first descent in 2012 which could well be the same route we took-  http://www.lafuma.com/en/a-spectacular-skiing-first-by-patrick-gabarrou/

On our first attempt to reach the hut Brendan had an equipment failure, his skins not having any glue left on them refused to stick to his snowboard, not deterred we stashed some of our gear and descended to return the next day. This time everything went smoothly and we made quick progress to the hut with lighter bags for most of the journey. Getting there early and with plenty of energy we had some fun skiing about near the hut.

The next day was pretty hard going boot packing through a thick wind crust and pockets of deep powder on the lower part of the route but we kept our motivation and topped out about mid day. The descent was fun with just about every type of snow you can imagine on slopes never steeper than 45 degrees. Once down to the glacier by the hut we were rewarded with some perfect boot top powder down the easy angled ground all the way to the chalets de Miage and even managed to ski most of the way down to the village. Thanks to Brendan for another great day in the mountains.

Playing around up at the Plan Glacier hut  © Brendan O'Sullivan

Playing around up at the Plan Glacier hut on my Whitedot Director Carbonlites. © Brendan O’Sullivan

Another Beautiful sunset.  © Ben Briggs

Another Beautiful sunset. © Ben Briggs

Brendan on the way to the Tricot, our line is the obvious exposed ramp.  © Ben Briggs

Brendan on the way to the Tricot, our line is the obvious exposed ramp. © Ben Briggs

Aiguille du Bionnassy from the summit.  © Ben Briggs

Aiguille du Bionnassay from the summit. © Ben Briggs

Brendan near the top of the face.  © Ben Briggs

Brendan near the top of the face. © Ben Briggs

Ben in the middle of the face, Domes de Miage in the background.  © Brendan O'Sullivan

Ben in the middle of the face, Domes de Miage in the background. © Brendan O’Sullivan

Hard snow on the lower part of the face.  © Brendan O'Sullivan

Hard snow on the lower part of the face. © Brendan O’Sullivan

Seracs baring the direct route down to the glacier.  © Ben Briggs

Seracs baring the direct route down to the glacier. © Ben Briggs

Brendan on the lower half of the route.  © Ben Briggs

Brendan on the lower half of the route. © Ben Briggs

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