A quiet Sunday on to the Capucin couloir was what we hoped for, no stress from people behind & time to enjoy it. As I put the track in towards the Periades I looked over my shoulder and was shocked to see 25 people following! Fortunately they were only going for low angled pow and soon turned around leaving us to enjoy the mountains in peace. With all the recent wind I guessed the line would filled in but it was still amazing to see so much snow there. If I hadn’t been the first person in there this year I would have skied in form the col but I wanted to cut the slope while on the rope.
The uppers skied really well while the lower half on the bed surface was chalky. After the summer’s heat wave the glacier has dropped significantly providing us with the added surprise of a 30 m abseil to get out of the couloir.