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Vallencant Couloir – Cristallo 27.02.2013

2690 m ; 150 m 50 ; 650 40 – 45 ; North ; TD ; 5.2 / E2

Vallencant

The next day we decided to try ski the Vallencant couloir, also known as the priest’s couloir.
It took us almost 3 hours to climb the airy ridge in 1 m of snow, digging deep corridors and smashing huge snow mushrooms on the way.
At the first turn in the short couloir just before the last 30 m climb to reach the entry of the couloir I was almost taken away by a slab.
The top 150 m of the couloir was pretty rocky and in hard snow.
In the rest of the couloir the snow was just perfect.
The snow started to get pretty heavy in the afternoon so we decided that we’d had enough for the day and we started a long après ski, where we met the American guys of Transworld Snowboarding mag and Absinthe production.
With Luca Rolli, Christian Leischner, Tazio Isgro Themel and Giacomo Schenardi.

Vallencant

Vallencant

Vallencant

Luca

Vallencant

Vallencant

Luca Vallencant

Luca Rolli

Vallencant

Vallencant

Luca Vallencant

crew

crew
Left to right : Christian Leischner, Tazio Isgro Themel, Paolo Tassi, Pier Smaltini, Michele Valle Da Rin, Dan Milner, Forrest Shearer, Myself, Ben Gavelda, Luca Rolli.

Thanks a lot to the Cortina Tourism Office for the help :
http://cortina.dolomiti.org/

and to the Olympia International camping for the hospitality :
http://www.campingolympiacortina.it/

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