Major Ski Lines

Mont BlancMont Blanc West Face Ross Hewitt topoWest Face of Mont Blanc 2200 m, 50º, 5.4, TD+

Brenva Spur Topo Ross Hewitt-1

Brenva Spur – East Face of Mont Blanc 700 m, 45º, 5.2, TD-

 

Aiguille du Midi – The North Face
frendo-spur-ski-route ross hewitt

Frendo Spur 1100 m 55º 5.4, TD+. A rare descent following in the foot steps of those Super Heroes that skied it over the years since the snowy summer of 1977: Jean-Marc Boivin, Laurent Giacomini, Francois Regis Thevenet, Alex Pittin…

mallory ross hewittThe Mallory (Porter), 1000 m, 55º, 5.4, TD+ 

 

aiguille du midi eugster ski descent topo ross hewittEugster Couloir, 1000 m, 55º, 5.4, TD+ multiple times

col du plan Ross HewittTournier Spur entry to Col du Plan 800 m, 55º, 5.3, TD multiple times

Aiguille du Midi – The West Face

aiguille_du_midi_salopar ski descent topo ross hewittSalopar 400 m, 50º, TD, 5.3 rocky, probably my least favourite line on the Midi

Rond-West Couloir, 800 m, 50º, TD, 5.3 onsight, multiple times

 

East Face of Mont Blanc du Taculgrand-gervasutti ross hewittCol Diable 50º 800m,TD, 5.2/3 (purple), Gervasutti Couloir 50º, 800 m, TD, 5.3 (red) 

 

Geant Glacier

tour ronde north face ski descent topo ross hewitt

Tour Ronde North Face, 50º, 350 m, 5.3

 

mont-mallet-west-face-topo-ross hewitt

The Boivin – Gabarrou,  West Face of Mont Mallet  50º, 700 m, TD, 5.2 onsight.      A wild and savage arena to ski.

 

ski traverse-of-noire pt yield topo-ross hewitt-

The Traverse of Point Yield. 50º, 500 m, TD, 5.2 onsight. I skied this one a couple of times and glacier recession has made this one a lot harder these days. It the biggest roll over I’ve come across and its difficult to know you are heading onto the right line.

noire-nw-face-ski descent-topo-ross hewittThe North West Face of the Noire. 45º, 600m, TD-, 5.2? Never steep but always rolling over and no obvious features also makes this one difficult to read.

 

Italian Side

Petit Mont Blanc Ski Topo Routes Ross Hewitt-1

 

Petit Mont Blanc

Grassi Marone Stratta (cyan) 50º, 800 m, 5.2

Bonatti Couloir (blue), 50º, 1100 m, 5.1

Domenech Couloir (purple), 1200m, 5.2

Aigle Couloir (pink), 1200 m, 5.2

dent-de-geant-south-face-route ski topo ross hewittThe South Face of Dent de Geant. 50º, 700 m, TD-, 5.1

 

Charpoura

breche-nonne-eveque-ski descent-topo-ross hewitt

Nonne-Eveque, 45º, 600 m, 5.2

 

Talefre Basin

Aiguille Verte Whymper Couloir Ross Hewitt topo-1

Ascent of Couturier to ski Whymper onsight on Aiguille Verte. 50º, 550m, 5.3

 

 

les courtes south face topo Ross Hewitt

Col des Droites, 45º, 600 m, AD+, 4.3 (red) twice

South Face of Les Courtes, 50º, 800 m, TD, 5.2 Solo traverse via NE slope (green)

Couloir Angelique, 55º, 700 m, TD, 5.3 (purple) traverse from NE slope

Croullante Couloir, 50º, 600 m, TD-, 5.1 (cyan), multiple times including Cristeaux-Croullante traverse

 

Argentiere Basin

chardonnet-se-couloir ski descent topo ross hewittAiguille du Chardonnet South East Face, 50º, 700 m, TD, 5.2. One of my favourites

 

y couloir Ross Hewitt

Aiguille d’Argentiere, Y Couloir Left and Right Branches, 50/45º,600 m TD-,5.2, 5.1

 

col des courtes ski descent topo ross hewittCol des Courtes (Pointe Eales) 55º, 500 m, TD+, 5.4

 

cristaux-les courtes ski descent topo ross hewitt

Col des Cristeaux 50º, 700 m, 5.1 (red) The easiest line in the Argentiere Cirque. Multiple times

The North East Face of Les Courtes 48º, 800 m, 5.2 (purple). The classic, 9 times

Central Spur of Les Courtes, 50º, 800 m, 5.2 (blue). Rarely in condition but it was in the mega winter of 2013. We skied from where the blue line stops

 

cordier gabarrou ski descent topo ross hewitt

Cordier-Gabarrou on Les Courtes, 50º, 800 m, 5.4. Rare to get the upper part in condition and I got sick and turned round at the top of the green line. The others skied from the top in great powder.

 

Ecrins

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Les Agneaux, Davin Couloir, 45º, 800 m, 4.3?

 

Switzerland

Matterhorn / Cervin East Face – skied on the 150th anniversary of the 1st Ascent

Matterhorn Cervin East Face Ski Topo Routes Ross Hewitt-1

50/55º 1000 m, 5.5, ED (ref camp to camp)

 

Eiger

eiger west face ski descent topo ross hewitt

Eiger West Face, 45º, 1600 m, 5.1 

 

 

A Neuve Cirque

aiguille amone north east face ski descent topo ross hewitt

The North East Face of Aiguille de l’Amone, 50/45º, 500 m, 5.2. One of the most beautiful Cham lines. I sent this in 12 turns last time.

 

passage d'argentiere ski descent top ross hewitt

Passage d”Argentiere, 45º, 600 m, 5.1

 

A neuve cirque ski descents topo Ross Hewitt

East Couloir of Col Tour Noir Superior, 45º, 600 m, 5.2 (blue). Amone in yellow and Passage d’Argentiere in red.

 

Les Dents du Midi, Chablais
dent du midi doigts north couloir ski descent topo ross hewitt

Doigts North Couloir, 50º, 800 m, 5.2  also skied the easier Dent Jaune North Couloir

 

 

Italy

Dolomites

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Canale Vallencant, 50º, 600 m, 5.3

 

Canale Bureloni ski descent Ross Hewitt-1

Canale Bureloni 50/45º, 600 m, 5.2

 

Alaska – Ruth Gorge (heli drops in Chugach omitted)west face ski descent of mt barille topo ross hewittWest Face of Mount Barille, 50º, 500 m, 5.1

 

ski descent of japanese couloir mt dickey routh gorge topo ross hewitt

Japanese Couloir, Mt Dickey, 50/45º, 600 m?, 5.1

 

Argentina/Chilevolcano-lanin-east-couloir-ski descent-topo-ross hewittEast-North-East Couloir of Volcano Lanin (3747m), Argentina, 800 m, 50º, TD-, 5.1. The Cosmiques of South America but rarely skied. We were first to ski from the summit that season on any route. My Vulcan boot was in walk mode after snapping off the buckle! Possible first female descent by Michelle Blaydon.

 

Baffin Island, Arctic Circle, Canada – North East Fiords

13 lines were 1st known descents

Baffin route canps and lines

Map of Camps and Couloirs Skied

Baffin lines & coords

Scott Island South Face, Scott Inlet, Baffin

Baffin Island Scott Island Scott inlet couloir ski descent topo Ross Hewitt-1-2

Line 1 Scott Island South Face, Scott Inlet, 40º, 450m 1st known descent

 

Baffin Scott Island ki descent topo Ross Hewitt-1Line 2 Scott Island South Face, Scott Inlet, 40º, 620m 1st known descent

 

Baffin Scott Island s couloir ski descent topo Ross Hewitt-1

Line 3 Scott Island South Face, Scott Inlet, 45º, 500m 1st known descent

 

Baffin Scott Island ski descent topo Ross Hewitt-1

Line 4 Scott Island South Face, Scott Inlet, 40º, 450m 1st known descent (cyan)

Line 5 Scott Island South Face, Scott Inlet, 45º, 500m 1st known descent (purple)

 

Gibbs FiordBaffin Island Gibbs Fiord couloir ski descent topo Ross Hewitt-1

 Line 6 Gibbs Fiord, Sillem Island, 45º, 1250m 1st known descent

 

Baffin Island Gibbs Fiord couloir ski descent topo Ross Hewitt-1-2

 Line 7 Gibbs Fiord, 45º, 1000m 1st known descent

 

Baffin Island Gibbs Fiord couloir ski descent topo Ross Hewitt-1-3 Line 8 Gibbs Fiord, 45-55º, 1000m 1st known descent

 

Baffin Ross Hewitt Gibbs Fiord topo-1 Line 9 Gibbs Fiord, Sillem Island, 40º, 650m 1st known descent

 

Baffin Ross Hewitt Stairway to Heaven topo-1  Line 10 Gibbs Fiord, Sillem Island, 45º, 1200m 1st known descent

 

Baffin Ross Hewitt Stewart Valley Crosshairs Couloir topo-1

Line 11 Stewart Valley, Crosshairs Couloir, 45º, 1100m

 

Baffin Debris Couloir Ross Hewitt topo-1

Line 12 Walker Citadel, Walker Arm, Debris Couloir 45º, 900 m

 

Baffin Broken Dreams Couloir Ross Hewitt topo-1

 

Line 13 Walker Citadel, Walker Arm, Notch Couloir 40º, 900 m

 

Beluga Spire Polar Star Couloir Ross Hewitt topo-1 Line 14 Beluga Spire, Polar Star Couloir 50º, 1100 m

 

Walker Arm Couloir Ross Hewitt topo-1

Line 15 Walker Arm, South Facing Zone Opposite Walker Citadel, 30-45º, 1450 m, 2nd known descent 

 

Baffin North west Passage Couloir ski descent topo Ross Hewitt-1

Line 16 North West Passage, 50º, 1200 m

 

Baffin Walker Citadel South Couloir Ross Hewitt topo-1

Line 17 Walker Citadel, South Couloir (Citadel’s Secret/Wet Dreams), 1st known descent, 45º, 1500 m

 

baffin-stump spire NE col topo Ross Hewitt

Line 18 Stump Spire NW Couloir, 45º, 1100m, 1st known descent

 

Sam Ford Wall Baffin Island Ross Hewitt topo-1

Sam Ford Wall, Sam Ford Fiord

Line 19 (dark blue) Escort, 45º, 700 m

Line 20 (purple) Mustang 45º, 800 m

Line 21 (yellow) AC Cobra 45º, 950 m 

Line 22 (cyan) Model T, 45º, 700 m

Line 23 (red) Bronco, 45º, 900 m

Line 24 (orange) Pinto, 45º, 700 m

Line 25 (green) Ramp, 40º, 450 m 1st known descent


Sam Ford Fiord Baffin Island Ross Hewitt topo-1-2
Line 26, West Side of Sam Ford Fiord North of Great Cross Peak, 50º, 1000m 1st known descent

2 thoughts on “Major Ski Lines

  1. nice job, but you should look more who did what. “first know descent” means nothing, if you do not research first. and also regarding the wilderness of this area, who care to be first ??

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