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