Soo, two days ago I met this very nice dutch guy, and I pointed out to him a face that I wanted to ski. His reaction was that it looked pretty steep, not to mention 100% south exposure, meaning it must have been crusty. and it was. And there was recent avalanche activity there, surface snow only from the latest snowfall… Today I headed out to it. Well I first skied a east-north-east face after digging the first snowpit. It was quite nice, knee deep snow. There was little reaction in the snowpit, a granular layer about 30 centimeters deep but it barely moved. The ice crystals were about 1 mm in size and free from each other.
I skied down, then had to skin back up to my ‘south face’. It was about 40-45 degree average, I’d say 600 meters vertical. Probably more if I had skied all the way down to the river but I had doubts I could easily make my way back. So I skinned back up, about 400 meters vertical. Took me forever. .. haha. The top was hard windpack, in the middle i had some boot deep snow, and at the bottom well.. it was melting quite a bit.
the south face had a crust about 20 centimeters thick, it took big repeated swings at the shovel to get through it; that must have been wind activity, a lot of it. There were a few ice layers deep down and the bottom 40 cm’s were mostly hoar, big ice cristals about 4mm in size. There is; I’d say, on average 1.8 meters of snow in the snowpack so far. Although on the first snow pit (yesterday) I didn’t get to the ground level, that was north facing and about 3000 meters in altitude.
Here are the pictures!
Merci de partager cette expérience en ces lieux uniques. Des mots auxquels seul un skieur peut rêver : )