This week I have had the fortune and pleasure of two runs down in the Brenva cirque in great powder throughout the 2000 m + descent. The first run entered the Brenva Glacier down Couloir Cache, the second time we took the South West Couloir from the summit of Tour Ronde. This time I enjoyed the company of Michelle and Andy Benson.
The Brenva Face of Mont Blanc in the background.
The amazing backdrop of the icy North Face of the Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey, first skied by Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencent, and its impressive rocky East Face which has only been skied by Italian Maestro Stephano de Benedetti in the early 80’s. De Benedetti poetically describes his motivation and rewards for taking on the immense psychological challenges of Big Mountain Skiing in the clip below from the movie ‘Steep’. Check it out:
I was trying out a new compact the other day in Italy but didn’t quite suss it out while on the hoof. However there were a couple of ok shots. Italian snacks kept us going until we got home for a proper feed.
Day 3 in Italy. Both dehydrated and a bit tired first thing in the morning. Alpine cold greets us in the shadows. Snow to cold for the skis to slide. Welcoming sun at the col. Col d’Entreve and a Marbree on the menu. A quick look over the shoulder to make sure the snow isn’t slabbing then go.
Turn 6 exiting the 40/45 degree headwall of Col d’Entreves. Its a rare occasion that I’ve ridden Alaska style on the Euro Big Mountain lines.