Monday, March 23, 2015

A Taste of Chamonix

I spent four days skiing in and around Chamonix with my friend Talley.  Four days, four tours, four great lines.  We were guided by Adam George, who despite the challenging weather, always came through with the goods.  It was a very nice taste.  I'd love to go back.

Here, roughly, are the lines we skied.

Day 1 -- We ascended the Aiguille du Genepi and then dropped off towards the Glacier du Tour. And descended an old iron chain back to the Le Tour resort.

Day 2 -- We ascended from Les Houches towards the Aiguille du Gouter, and then descended the Trappier Couloir, under some seracs, through some giant runnels and back to Les Houches.

Day 3 -- We spent the day in the Aiguilles Rouges, starting by riding the Flegere cable car, climbing a steep couloir and then skiing off the northeast face of the Ecrenaz, interrupted by a rappel, and exiting at Buet where we enviously eyed a croute de fromage.

Day 4 -- We followed the sun to Switzerland where we skied off the Grand Chavelard.