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Les Courtes NE Cordier – Gabarrou 05.05.2013

3856 m ; 45°- 50° 800 m, pass 55°; North – North/East ; TD+ ; 5.4/ E4
Les Courtes line

Les Courtes is a mountain that seemed to be shaped for steep skiing.
From the classic NorthEast slope to the Austrian route it is possible to find all levels of difficulties in steep and extreme skiing.
This line is a combination of the Cordier climbing route in the lower part and the Gabarrou route in the higher part.
It is one of the most aesthetic lines I have ever had the pleasure to ride, with its rare conditions and where it has also been very rarely skied from above the mixed section crux above the hanging field.
I did not find any information about previous snowboard descents of the full line from above the crux.
This is the fifth line I have ridden on this amazing mountain and the first time I have dropped into its north face directly from the top, a special moment, like those turns on the airy ridge and the hanging field.
This was also the first big mountain outing in a while and although I was not feeling at my best I still did it and felt pretty well nevertheless.
The solo super exposed mixed short cut passage that Ben chose on the way up drained me of at least 2 years of life, but in general was a great adventure.
Unfortunately Ross did not feel good on the way up and had to turn back almost at the top of the hanging field.
Ben managed to go through the crux with his skis while we did a couple of short raps and some side slipping.
The snow was perfect, another great day on the mountain with special friends; Tom Grant, Ben Briggs, Ross Hewitt and Mikko Heimonen (ski), myself (snowboard).

FIRST KNOWN SNOWBOARDING DESCENT FROM THE TOP

Mikko,Tom,Ben
Chilling at the top of Grands Montets

crew
4.30 am, ready to go

Cham by night
Cham by night, amazing !

Mikko

Mikko-&-Ross

Luca

Ross

Mikko

Ben

crew

Ross
Ross making the first magic turns on the hanging field

crew

Mikko

Luca

Luca

chouca

Mikko
Dropping from the top of Les Courtes into the North face it is a pretty special moment…pretty steep and exposed

Luca

Ben

Luca

Mikko

Ben
Those turns on the ridge are pretty special

Ben-5

Mikko

Mikko
Mikko Heimonen

Tom
Tom Grant

Luca-10
Shredding the hanging field

Luca

Mikko

Luca

Luca

Luca

Tom

Tom

Ben

Ben

Mikko

Luca

tracks

Video here

4 comments on “Les Courtes NE Cordier – Gabarrou 05.05.2013

  1. richard schafer ha detto:

    I want to go!!! Would love to do some turns like that, I’m disabled but still schred!!! Been riding for 18 seasons and love it!! Help me with my back and keeps me mobile!!! Thank you snowboarding!!! One day I hope to atleast make it to Alaska!!! Keep it waxed!!! Dick

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  2. dave henkel ha detto:

    Nice line guys! You euros def have an affinity for consequence heavy shredding! Glad to see you were welcomed with stable conditions and everything went well. You must still be glowing from putting down tracks on that face…Epic.

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  3. Italo Balestra ha detto:

    It looks soooo nice!
    Congratulations!

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