This season has been pretty weird and dry, especially the last month.
I have been traveling a bit the past 3 weeks and working during those few good days.
After a couple of easy touring days looking for powder I definitely needed to ride something more exciting to escape the heavy middle season mood that reigns in the valley.
It takes a lot of effort and imagination to try to find something “different” and in good condition.
Luckily my Finnish friend Mika came up with a great idea..at least, at least if we DON’T find ANY good snow I will still get to visit a new place…I told myself…
We took the 14.30 bin at the Grands Montets and skinned up to the Col du Chardonnet, down climbed on the other side and skied and skinned up again to the beautiful bivouac Enver des Aiguilles Dorées, a luxury little hut nestled in a beautiful corner on the Swiss side of the massif and surrounded by red and gold granite peaks ; the nicest bivouac I have spent a night in so far.
The next morning we skinned back up with a breathtaking sunrise to the base of the east couloir of the Chardonnet.
This couloir is shorter than the other couloirs on this mountain but a bit isolated and rarely skied.
It definitely would deserve more visits because it is a very nice line, steep, sustained, exposed and very aesthetic.
The average angle is around 50° with the top part steeper than that.
Luckily, We found good snow which made the ride less stressy and more pleasurable.
We had to stop 20 m below the ridge because it was too rocky.
A good day spent far from the crowd in a beautiful corner of the massif with good people.
Thanks a lot to Mika (he is one of the strongest and most solid steep skiers i have ever had the pleasure of skiing with) for the inspiration and to his friend Niko for the great company.
“Vittu Saatana ! “..the Finnish Posse rule !!
I met my friend and legend Jordi Tosas at the Col du Chardonnet
At the same time we reached the Col du Chardonnet on our way back two other Finnish guys were skiing down the South couloir of Chardonnet