After a few casual laps of the lifts at Grands Montets, Seth and I decided to hunt for some better snow on the Col du Passon. The snow was typically skied out in Grands Montets in a matter of minutes. The approach to the Col du Passon is popular this time of year because its the first stage of the classic Haute Route, a ski tour itinerary that starts in the Argentiere basin and ends beneath the Matterhorn in Zermatt.
The Col was therefore well trodden and we made light work of the approach, albeit with some discomfort. The cloud inversion we were wading through was trapping the suns’ warmth, and I’d forgotten my sunglasses so I had to resort to wearing my goggles which cover most of my face. I felt as if my face was melting.
We reached to col and shared the moment with some old locals who’d traipsed up in the most outrageous attire and battered equipment. They were quicker than us though, so what does that say?
The snow above the clouds was fantastic. We flew down the face and before long we were back in the clouds, but this time with big grins on our faces.
Photos by Seth Adams