TR: Powder Asphyxiation & Col des Cristaux, Chamonix
By Liz Daley
I’ve spent the last month basically in a little place called Trenchtown, Italy. It’s a magical spot 15 minutes from Chamonix filled with fine Italian espresso, spines, awesome tree skiing, steep faces right off the tram tower, the deepest of powder snow and melt in your mouth pizza. If it’s not snowing it’s bluebird and everyone’s always smiling, even the locals. We bought an unlimited Mont Blanc tunnel pass so we were free to go over there at our leisure, maybe even just for dinner if we decided to take a rest day from choking on pow.
During a night out at Moo Bar after way too many beers and dancing, Ben Briggs and fellow American Alpine Institute guide Danny Uhlmann and I decided to head up to ski the Col des Cristaux once the weather cleared again. I’ve ridden this line before but not for three years so I was amped!
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TR: South Face of the Tour Ronde
By Liz Daley
I didn’t sleep on the flight [to Chamonix] one bit because I was SO STOKED!!!! I should’ve gotten some Ambien and been less stoked because I got to Cham and had to go right to work since Wednesday was the last blue bird day for a while. We decided to ride the South face of the Tour Ronde, from Chamonix into Italy, down into the Brenva basin, a zone I’ve been wanting to go to for four years but have been too intimidated. It’s pretty scary: massive exposure, super broken glacier and a sketchy exit. Never actually seeing the South Face of the Tour Ronde with my own eyes made it even scarier but we had good beta from people who had done it the day before, also Ross had been back there before. Many of you will recognize the Tour Ronde from Jeremy Jones’s, Deeper…
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Photo: Davide De Masi