I’ve wanted to ski this little gem for a while but I’ve struggled to find it in good conditions and having a motivated partner to go so deep into the massif. Dave to the power of 2, the second being Davide De Masi got together and headed out on Saturday 26th. Its a heck of a long way from the midi and almost warrants a night in a refuge but we were both struggling to get our heads around spending a night in the mountains to ski when we both have warm and comfortable apartments to sleep in in the valley. Naturally we decided to go from first bin in true fast and light Cham style. 1500m+ vertical in a day sure didn’t go down too well with tired legs from a full week of skiing and we nearly lost complete motivation several time whilst bootpacking in sometimes knee deep crust. We persevered until about 50m short of the summit ridge when the clouds started to roll in and the soft surface snow started to refreeze. The skiing was tricky and required concentration due to the breakable crust underneath and general variable snow conditions – not great fun but still a good day out in the mountains with good company in a spectacular setting….
Time for a few days off. e.g work.