How Good

Col d’Entreves had lots of snow earlier this week and we enjoyed a fast freeride run down the headwall with the Chamonix crew of Seth Morrison, Nate Wallace, Luca Pandolfi, Davide de Masi and Tof.

The Grand Gervasutti

My last day on skis in 2013 European winter season was a privilege to ski one of the all time classic steep lines. Grand Gervasutti

Gabarrou

A short edit from Luca from a day out on the Gabarrou route on Les Courtes.

PS – EPIC TV chose the title – not us!

My tracks, Cordier-Gabarrou, Courtes

My tracks, Cordier-Gabarrou, Courtes

June Skiing

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!

Thanks guys!

Grand Gervasutti

The couloir is 800 m vertical of 45-55 degrees.Gervasutti Couloir

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Nate skiing.Gervasutti Couloir-nate wallace 7 Gervasutti Couloir-tom grant 8 Ross Hewitt Grand Gervasutti 1

Me getting over the cornice. Ross Hewitt Grand Gervasutti 2

Initial turnsRoss Hewitt Grand Gervasutti 3

And further down the line.Nate Wallace Tom Grant after Grand GervasuttiYes – smiles all round.

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.

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The face looking good on the left of the photo. Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-44

A choucas came to visit us as we climbed then this halo appeared. Minna and Bird enjoying good climbing conditions in the Petit Gerva.Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-50 Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-59

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In the starting gate.Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-83 Minna heading off down the upper face.

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Bird arcing out some turns in the powder.Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-107

Minna in the pow then finding some firm snow.Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-109 Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-113 Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-135 Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-143 Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-152

Kaaw, kaaw – Bird in flight.Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-161

Bird at the end of the rocky centre section with Minna sidestepping past the rocks.Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-162 Tour Ronde North Face Black Crows Bird Minna Rihiimaki-167

Into GS mode on the lower face. Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 20.29.24My POV with sluff chasing my tails.

Summer Powder in the Cosmiques

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Leaving the Mothership. May 30th.Cosmiques Michelle Blaydon Berghaus-4 Cosmiques Michelle Blaydon Berghaus-6 Cosmiques Michelle Blaydon Berghaus-17 Cosmiques Michelle Blaydon Berghaus-27 Cosmiques Michelle Blaydon Berghaus-49The Mothership looking moody.