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First Pow turns of the season

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

We had a early snowfall, would be rude not to go play ;)

 

 

Enjoy

post #2 of 20

Geez, glad you at least had to walk at the end!

post #3 of 20

Nice ridgeline. Yikes! eek.gif. I must be a wuss...

post #4 of 20

where is that. Here is switzerland the peaks around 2500meters up had a decent dump, but I didn't think that much. The snow was around the 20th as well.

post #5 of 20

Video didn't seem to work for me!! frown.gif

post #6 of 20

I embedded it for ease of viewing. It works for me -- let me know if others have a problem viewing. 

post #7 of 20

I think I got vertigo just watching the video.  Wow.

post #8 of 20

The sign at the beginning says Valee Blanche, so I guess it's Chamonix. I want to go!! hopmad.gif

 

Yikes @ the guy down below at :20!!

 

 

post #9 of 20

The hike at the start reminded my of Sunshine Village's Delerium Dive in the old days before they installed a metal stair case with hand rails. I'm not a back country skier so maybe i am off base here, but I found it odd that at the start of the skiing, one skier was skiing directly above the other. The slope did seem kinda mellow and maybe the snow pack was very stable or maybe I'm just too cautious but it still seemed dangerous to me.

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

The hike at the start reminded my of Sunshine Village's Delerium Dive in the old days before they installed a metal stair case with hand rails. I'm not a back country skier so maybe i am off base here, but I found it odd that at the start of the skiing, one skier was skiing directly above the other. The slope did seem kinda mellow and maybe the snow pack was very stable or maybe I'm just too cautious but it still seemed dangerous to me.

 

i was thinking the same thing. I was like whoa! he is skiing uphill from him... kinda crazy -- though looks very mellow.


 

 

post #11 of 20

each of those steps along the ridge seemed very deliberate and carefully placed....... I don't know if I have the cojones for that walk...

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 

nolo, thanks for embedding - still haven't got that one figured out.

 

Skiingaround - it's the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France - the door is at 3750m or so, we skied down to 3400m or so, snow is all from the 19th/20th, same storm you guys got - snow came down to 1500m didn't last long at that height though. 

 

DanoT - It's a little different to the old DD at Sunshine (once did a season in Banff) the exposure here is 300m to the right and nearly 3000m to the right - both sides roll over to vertical - but in a good year get skied!

 

As for me dropping in on top of Cedric - How else does one film with a chase cam - wouldn't do it in high avie danger, but here far more afraid of the crevasses - if you are 3 turns behind you know where they went in!

 

Snow pack was 20-50cm on this http://www.epicski.com/t/105000/first-turns-of-autumn-fall#post_1364015 - so no real snowpack issues

 

Slope angle 30-40 degrees - nice and mellow ;)

 

Finndog - all the mountaineers in nice flexible boots rope up - us skiers just walked - but than again our poles reach the deck - climbing axes don't ;) 

post #13 of 20

and to think yesterday whilst you were hitting fresh pow I drove for an hour (mostly on a beat-up 4x4 logging road), then hiked for 1.5 hours and ultimately made 12 turns on "old" snow infested with small sun-cups!

 

well played, sir!

 

 

PS

do you have some sort of new fangled ocular implant only available in Europe?

post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

I think I got vertigo just watching the video.  Wow.


I agree - looks like Cham. If you knew how steep and how far (about a mile on one side a few 100 meters on the other) the drop on each side you would have more than vertigo! I was nervous when roped in with a big group plus another strong rope on the path to hold on to. I can not imagine breaking a trail on the peak of that ridge.

 

post #15 of 20

Nice turns.  That ridge has 9,000ft of exposure, right?   Crazy...  

post #16 of 20

Tx for an awesome stoke for us low lifes here in SoFLA. cool.gif I'm going out to kill some fish this morning to get over this super video.

Funny that we all caught the "skiing in from above" section, but it did look mellow and stable.

One helluva a knifedge ridge.

Gorgeous!!!biggrin.gif

post #17 of 20

Way to go.

Just got out the other day, it was good.

post #18 of 20

Great line to start off with! I gotta make it over for a winter. Looks so amazing... 

post #19 of 20

I will be there in February, and have already booked a guide for a back country day and also the valle blanche. That hike looks like it is going to stay with me the rest of my life! 

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by skisicko View Post

I will be there in February, and have already booked a guide for a back country day and also the valle blanche. That hike looks like it is going to stay with me the rest of my life! 



Don't worry in Febuary it will be three feet wide and have a handrail on either side - you get the same view though

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