My last day on skis in 2013 European winter season was a privilege to ski one of the all time classic steep lines.
A short edit from Luca from a day out on the Gabarrou route on Les Courtes.
PS – EPIC TV chose the title – not us!
Here’s the latest edit from Nate:
The Grand Gerva
At last the Gervasutti Couloir on Tacul. A dream for over ten years. Each time I skied the Vallee Blanche there it was, like the ultimate temptress. Its one of my top 3 ski lines alongside the Couturier and Marinelli. All unbroken ski lines on stunning mountains.
Tom and myself headed up off the first bin and on Tacul met Nate who came over to the top to evaluate conditions with his connoisseur’s eye. It didn’t take him long to decide abandon his own plans for the day and come for an unexpected run!
The couloir is 800 m vertical of 45-55 degrees.
Tour Ronde North Face
My plan to go do West Couloir Integral was scrapped as soon as the Midi announced they were opening late. Being Sunday there was gong to be a lot of attention on the North Face from those on their day off work so we changed to touring kit and headed off to Cirque Maudit for some tranquility and to see what looked good. Tour Ronde looked pretty good so we headed there.
The day wasn’t without a few challenges; Bird must have dreamt he could actually fly so he left his axes at home, my crampon bail snapped at the shrund and Minna had to get there on alpine day wreckers (alpine trekkers). Somehow we made it!
The last time I did this we rapped between the faces so it was a good adventure to take the skier’s left line down the face through the mixed ground. Once again I had the pleasure to ski with Minna Riihimaki and Bird Early.
The face looking good on the left of the photo.
A choucas came to visit us as we climbed then this halo appeared. Minna and Bird enjoying good climbing conditions in the Petit Gerva.
In the starting gate. Minna heading off down the upper face.
Bird arcing out some turns in the powder.
Minna in the pow then finding some firm snow.
Bird at the end of the rocky centre section with Minna sidestepping past the rocks.
Into GS mode on the lower face. My POV with sluff chasing my tails.