Couloir Trappier

There was one line that I was thinking about a lot during my spell on the sidelines and it probably had something to do with it being visible from our garden in Chamonix. I spent the spring of 2018 sitting in my garden (amongst other things that unfortunately didn’t include skiing) and looking up at the many visible ski lines.

The access can be tricky so it’s important to check the snow stability. The terrain is exposed on the way up and involves boot packing and skinning across potential avalanche terrain traps. I had been checking the weather and conditions and after a few days since the last snowfall I decided it was a day not to be missed so asked Karl to join me and off we went.

After around 1200m of ascent taking us a leisurely 4 hours we reached the top of the couloir and dropped in. Skied all the way down to the Solerey bar in Les Houches, which serves a mean home brewed IPA and pulled pork burger. So hip, man. So good, man.

Couloir Trappier
Setting off on the train tracks of the Tramway du Mont Blanc.
Getting ready for the first boot pack after a steady ski tour.
Karl gaining altitude
Karl gaining more altitude
The second of two boot packs on the way to the couloir. This one is fairly exposed and the views down to Chamonix are very nice.
Breaking in to the sunshine for the first time in a while. That was nice.
After the boot pack is one final ski tour traverse under the looming Aiguille du Gouter (top right)
The views stretch back to Geneva and beyond
Karl laying down some turns in the couloir
The snow was very nice.
Like, really nice.
Really really really nice.
Sipping IPA after a 2000m ski descent. This feeling makes you do strange smiles.

 

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