Pt. La Rouya 2750m Couloir Nord 3/3/2013 Journee Fantastique

So things really started to get the warm the next day. We backed off an attempt on Mont Mirantin near Beaufort and just took a day off and traveled to Briancon. We figured that north facing would be the way to go so having done some research we decided to see what La Rouya and possibly the Pelas Verney Couloirs looked like. We got a nice early start and headed over to Pelvoux ski area for a lift. We rode 2 lifts for 7 Euros and got a really nice assist. The poma lift was bone jarring though. After skinning about 2000′ above the top lift we traversed over to La Rouya. The entry was pretty easy to find.

We down climbed about 70′ and strapped them on. The line was sweet and the snow seemed very stable except for a 6″ slab that was on top. The slab however wasn’t very cohesive and it seemed like management wouldn’t be an issue. 3600′ later we had skied such an amazing line. It twisted and turned, narrowed off and widened. The snow was so soft in places, icy and challenging in others. The angle approached 50 degrees for a few short sections but it averaged around 38 for its length.

This was one of the finest couloir skis I’ve ever experienced. Enjoy the pics

Heading up from the lifts. La Rouya is the peak at the right
Looking down the line from the top
Downclimbing to get in. Only about 70′ lost
The snow is looking good.
The upper section was wicked
In the shadow of Mont Pelvoux
The snow was awesome and stable
Ally putting the Howitzers to the test
Heading for the choke. It was only 190cm wide
Iciness in the choke
Then back to great snow 🙂
Such a fun line
I loved the way it snaked down the mountain
I just can’t imagine skiing a line like this in Colorado in winter
Energizer Bunny line. It just keeps going
Parc Nacional des Ecrins is an amazing place
Must rest the legs
This was one of my all-time favorite lines
So many turns
The snow stayed cold for the entire couloir
It felt like a magical place
We still had about 1000′ of couloir skiing to go at this point
The snow was even great in the apron.
Tagging along with Whymper. THIS IS WHY WE CAME TO EUROPE 🙂


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