Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc du Tacul North faces, ski testing

Posted: July 7, 2014 in Ski
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Mont Maudit North face. © Ben Briggs

Our tracks on the Mont Maudit North face. © Ben Briggs

Our tracks on the Mont Blanc du Tacul North face. © Ben Briggs

Our tracks on the Mont Blanc du Tacul North face. © Ben Briggs

At the start of the summer I received some prototype skis from Whitedot and was keen to head up and test them, so after some storms Brendan and I headed up high in search of some good snow.

We were not disappointed, most of the descent was in great powder, but we also incountered some ice at the top of Mont Maudit where it had been stripped by the wind and the odd pocket of wind crust. A nice range of conditions to test the skis on.

The skis are based around the original Ranger but with a smaller 98mm platform underfoot. I won’t say too much about them for now (as they will not be available to buy for a while), other than they are by far the best ski mountaineering skis I have ever used. Light for big days, incredible edge hold and burly enough to charge hard, my new favorite skis!

For the middle of June with 30 degree temperatures in town this was a truly epic day out free-riding in the big mountains when we had thought it was all over.

 

The view from the top of Mont Maudit. © Ben Briggs

The view from the top of Mont Maudit. © Ben Briggs

Summer in Chamonix far below. © Ben Briggs

Summer in Chamonix far below. © Ben Briggs

Brendan on the summit of Mont Maudit. © Ben Briggs

Brendan on the summit of Mont Maudit. © Ben Briggs

Ben jumping burgshrund at the steepening of Mont Maudit North face. © Brendan O'Sullivan

Ben jumping burgshrund at the steepening of Mont Maudit North face. © Brendan O’Sullivan

Ben opening it up where the angle mellows on Mont Maudit. © Brendan O'Sullivan

Ben opening it up where the angle mellows on Mont Maudit. © Brendan O’Sullivan

Ben in great snow on the Mont Blanc du Tacul North face. © Brendan O'Sullivan

Ben in great snow on the Mont Blanc du Tacul North face. © Brendan O’Sullivan

Ben on the Mont Blanc du Tacul North face. © Brendan O'Sullivan

Ben on the Mont Blanc du Tacul North face. © Brendan O’Sullivan

 

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