Its was always going to be a long day, especially with the amount of bad weather we have had this winter that has prevented us getting tour fit. It was deep going in. Then it got deeper. By late afternoon as the couloir steepened up it got ridiculously deep where I expected it to get faster for booting. Even with snow plates I was waist deep and trenching, the others up to their chests in my trench. Our team of 5 were cooked. We called a stop about 150 m from the top and skied amazing pow in the glow of the evening light. Thanks to Michelle Blaydon, Kirsti Lehtimaki, Cedric Bernardini and Robes Parron for a stunning day.
I did a couple of training laps on the Midi West last week, one with Searler who broke himself on the Para Face at high speed and retired wounded in action, and one solo where an Italian lady fell down the icy Rond in front of me and got evacuated by heli, though I think it was more of a shock than any specific injury. Great turns and amazing snow.
After a few weekends when the weather looked poor in the Dolomites we finally hit the road the on the promise of a good forecast. Its a long drive and with lots of traffic round Milan then with lots of snow and an avalanche on the road it was even longer, but worth it as the mountains are stunning.
Sunny days have been few and far between this year here so you’d expect the lift company to be ready for business on the first sunny powder day for ages. But it snowed a little last night, as forecast, as it does in the mountains…so the lift opens late because they have to clear a few terraces with a snowblower. Its a uncontrolled mountain so they can’t even blame it on avalanche control.
Good fun once we got there and worth the wait. Super good to be back on the big hill 2800 m vertical runs down the West Face of the Aiguille du Midi to the road.