Y Couloir, Aiguille d’Argentiere. One of those days….

……..that I’ll never forget.  Great snow, perfect weather, 5* line and good company.  What more do you need from a day. I had skied this line before 2 seasons ago in spring corn and always thought I could do one better and get it in pow. Yesterday that happened and after a hesitant start me and Liz Daley were soon ripping down what can only be described as one of the best days I’ve ever had in the mountains.  I had decided I wanted to go up a mountain rather than up a boring col and when I suggested this to Liz she seemed pretty keen.  Although she also said she was “like a fat girl at the prom…..I’m just happy to be here!”

I knew it was good to have options so we decided to go to the Argentiere so we had a choice of 3 possible ways down, the Milieu glacier (not much fun but an easy enough descent), the Barbey couloir (not done it yet and looks sick) or the Y couloir.  After getting our sorry asses to the summit we had ruled out the Barbey due to the lack of snow on that face so decided to look at the Y.  At the top of the couloir we looked in and couldn’t decide what it was. Pow, crust, ice?  Its hard to tell from above so I had the bright idea to chuck a rock in to see what happened.  (Note; it was 2.30pm and we couldn’t see anyone coming up so we were 90% sure we weren’t going to kill someone by doing this)  I chucked a fist sized block in and…..pooooff. It disappeared in the pow. It was on……

Liz’s TR here

Skins on.  Despite Liz being a split boarder she still got ready to go before me!

Skins on. Despite Liz being a split boarder she still got ready to go before me!

Skinning up the Milieu

Skinning up the Milieu

La Sportiva Lo5's ready for the ride.

La Sportiva Lo5’s ready for the ride.

Side stepping the very top.

Side stepping the very top.

Athletic.

Athletic.

Aesthetic.

Aesthetic.

Liz getting it fresh.  No old tracks, no bootpack. Peeerrrrfeccckkkk

Liz getting it fresh. No old tracks, no bootpack. Peeerrrrfeccckkkk

Arc'in

Arc’in

Spinal

Spinal

entering the lower section

entering the lower section.

Fly'in

Fly’in

Den we got some sunnnnn

Den we got some sunnnnn

The lower couloir is super nice....

The lower couloir is super nice….

Courtes in the back ground.

Courtes in the background.

Low down in the couloir,

Low down in the couloir,

Just about to rap. One happy chap and a fat girl at the prom.

Just about to rap. One happy chap and a fat girl at the prom.

Till the next one folks….

5 thoughts on “Y Couloir, Aiguille d’Argentiere. One of those days….

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