Couloir du Pissoir

A great day out traversing mountains, popping in to a different country and skiing a delightful new line with Bjorn. Top of Grands Montets, ski down to the glacier d’Argentiere, up and over Col du Passon, followed by a traverse of the Glacier du Tour, up and over the Col du Tour into Switzerland, then underneath Aig. du Tour and down over the col du Pissoir got us to the top of this delicious line.

col du passon
Bjorn nearing the top of Col du Passon
col du passon
Col du Passon, looking towards the Argentiere basin
glacier du tour
Traversing glacier du Tour
glacier du tour
A plane landing on glacier du Tour. Are we in Alaska?
col du tour
Approaching col du Tour
col du tour
Col du Tour
col du tour
Top of col du Tour looking into Switzerland
Aiguille du Tour
Approaching Aiguille du Tour (Swiss side)
couloir pissoir
Olly on the approach to the Pissoir
col du pissoir
Continuing to the col du Pissoir high above Switzerland
col du pissoir
Björn dropping in to col du Pissoir, high above the Swiss village of Trient. The entrance to Couloir du Pissoir is ahead on the right.
couloir du pissoir
After a steep entrance, the couloir opens up.
Couloir du pissoir
Big turns in the middle of couloir du Pissoir
olly alkema
Olly finding fresh
couloir du pissoir
Björn dancing with glacier du Trient

For a little over 1000m ascent, you get almost 3000m of down. I enjoyed exploring new terrain and will certainly be back to this area again in the future. With the lack of resort snow at the moment in Chamonix, people are exploring further afield and discovering new lines. What’s not to like?

trient church
Walking to the road in Trient
Hitching a ride back to Chamonix in the back of a van

Thanks for the day Björn, and thanks to the Austrian couple who gave us a ride back to Chamonix!

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