France has had one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe behind Italy and Spain so after 8 weeks of not seeing a soul it was great to return to Aiguille du Midi with friends and make that big turn left down the North Face.

Max Ritter of Teton Gravity Research writes:

This weekend marked the re-opening of perhaps the most iconic ski lift in the world: the Aiguille du Midi’s Telepherique in Chamonix, France. Home to unquestionably the gnarliest lift-access terrain in the world, the Midi was closed for most of its prime spring season, leaving local skiers and riders frothing to get back up into the icy heights of the Mont Blanc Massif as soon as possible. Their prayers were answered this past weekend.

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None other than steep skiing mastermind Tof Henry and a group of friends made it up there early and skied some classic lines that look like they’re actually still in really good shape for the end of May. Check out what Tof and local IFMGA guide Ross Hewitt got into on their first day back on skis after the COVID-19 lockdown.

 

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That amazing moment when you slap your skis on the Midi arete and ski out into the world of light. First turns for me after 2 month lockdown. Midi North Face by Col du Plan, good upper, bad lower, but great to be out there with my friends. @tof_henry @gaspard_ravanel @mathieu_moullier @blackcrows-skis @petzl_official @lenz_products @julbo_eyewear @snowcountry.eu @plum_officiel @conceptchamonix @arvaequipment @sapaudiabrewing.co @sapaudia.beer.team #skiing #freeride #powder #skitouring #backcountry #sidecountry #health #fitness #fun #training #nutrition #glacier #alps #outdoors #outside #adventure #explore #guide #mountainguide #ifmga #weareskiing #chamonix #aiguilledumidi #northface #fuckcovid-19

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