The weather was looking good to get out touring, so me and Oli decided to head to La Plagne to tour off the back of Mont Jovet. We weren't expecting much in terms of good snow for ripping around on, but thought it would be good just to get out into the mountains and away from the crowded resorts.
We took the main chair lift out of Plagne Centre and then a short drag lift. From here we dropped out of the back of the resort and headed towards Mont Jovet. We had planned to just tour to a hut on the back of it due to the hard snow, and to start with the snow was defnitly that. But after the first pitch we found some of the most perfect corn snow. There were skin tracks through a valley that would end up on Mont Jovet but along this track we looked up to the left and saw two perfect couloirs that had no tracks in, safe to say it was a pretty easy choice to ditch the plans and hit these couloirs.
We detoured off the skin track and made our own, halfway up the furthest slope we had to boot pack to the top due to the soft snow being tricky to get a grip with skins.
A short ridgeline hike brought us onto the top of the first couloir, it looked perfect....and to top it of there was a guided group below looking very jealous at the choice we had made.
I got first line down and it felt amazing! The kind of snow that was perfectly soft but still held an edge.....we could haul ass down it with no problems! Both of us were so surprised that it took no time at all to decide to follow our boot pack up again, and hit the next couloir.......and again, it was the most perfect snow with Oli getting an unexpected full face shot....
Its days like these, when you go out with no expectation, that can end up as the day of days. We finished the day so pumped, it felt great knowing we had gone that bit further to get the goods.
We definitely earned our turns, and the rewards made it worth the effort.