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First descent in the Queyras

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I had been up to ski this couloir once before, but ended up skiing the one next to it instead. This time, with a bit of interesting route finding, we finally managed to ski down this couloir.




It is the red line in the picture, the green line being our ascent route this time, and the blue line being the couloir we skied last time. The way up was definately intersting at times




But the descent was so worth it




more pics and full story on my newly revamped website
http://philingle.com/skiing/pic-du-jaillon-east-couloir/

Cheers

Phil

post #2 of 17

Very nice Phil!  Thanks for sharing.

post #3 of 17

Is that in Chamonix? Very impressive looking pictures. If it's a first descent in that area, the heart of extreme skiing, it must be a very serious route. Congratulations! Thanks for posting about it here. 

post #4 of 17

Very well played Phil, thx for sharing.

 

Interesting route indeed with not much room for error.

post #5 of 17

Écouter!!!!!

 

 

 

I think that's french for SWEET!!!!!!  If not then..

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hey telerod, its not in Cham, I dont live there anymore, it is a bit further south in an area called the Queyras, where there are plenty of untapped lines.

I have posted the gps track from the route up on the site now too so you can have a look on the google map to see where it is.


Edited by AlpineBreak - 3/11/2009 at 05:27 am
post #7 of 17

Well, you did say Queyras, sorry, I'm ignorant. A cursory glance at your website led me to think you were in Chamonix. Serious skiing wherever it is. Good job finding a way around those cliffs!

post #8 of 17

Extreme. The ascent is wild. So, how much time spent going up vs. coming down? 

post #9 of 17

very nice.  Good to see you posting here Phil.

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

 

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Originally Posted by hoody View Post

 

Extreme. The ascent is wild. So, how much time spent going up vs. coming down? 

 

it was a 7 hour day and only 1.5 was coming down, so a lot of work, but the result was worth it.

post #11 of 17

Welcome to EpicSki.

 

Thanks for sharing.  I especially enjoy seeing entrance photos looking down at the couloirs through the skis and side view photos in the couloir that convey the steepness of the line plus summit views of the surrounding mountains.  I also appreciated the approach view of the mountain with the couloirs clearly labeled and the route map with the name of the city closest to the trailhead.

 

For those of us who may be unfamiliar with these locations, you may consider including more details in your writeup/labels underneath photos & routes: mountain - subrange - major range (i.e. Pic du Jaillon in the Cottian Alps of the Western Alps) and name of city closest to the trailhead - region (state equivalent) - country (i.e. Le Coin in the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region of France).

 

I look forward to your future trip reports which include more photos posted in the trip reports on EpicSki that convey the steepness of the lines and summit views of the surrounding mountains.

 

I visited your website www.philingle.com and hope that you will be willing to share some of your other trip reports as you have the time (possibly post one trip report or more per month after the season finishes).

 

post #12 of 17

Definitely extreme!

 

7 houers hiking/climbing is not for anyone...

 

and one of the skiers wasn't even wearing a helmet... a lot of confidence!

post #13 of 17

AlpineBreak,

Welcome to epicski! thanks for posting the report.  A serious accomplishment for sure.

 

Is that a ski area down below there in the distance?

 

post #14 of 17

Very cool. Great post/pics.

post #15 of 17

 

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

 

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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

 

Is that a ski area down below there in the distance?

 

 

Well spotted, it is indeed. It is the Arvieux part of the Queyras ski area

http://www.queyras.com/ski-resort/queyras

 

Lovely family resort, I have been going there with Ollie, my 3 year old son, quite a bit this season.

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 

 

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Originally Posted by SkierScott View Post

 

Welcome to EpicSki.

 

I visited your website www.philingle.com and hope that you will be willing to share some of your other trip reports as you have the time (possibly post one trip report or more per month after the season finishes).

 

 

I am going to try and add one a week to the new philingle.com so I will post them up here too as I do them,

 

cheers

 

phil

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