Two couloirs, two days...
We have been looking at two couloirs in Les Arcs all season, they are stupidly steep and very narrow. Conditions right now are perfect for hitting them so we decided to go for it.
The first is really tricky to get to and involved a long ridge hike over loose rock followed by a short snowboard down and another boot pack up. You know how sometimes things look steep when you look from afar, but then when you get to it you realise its not that bad......well this was the opposite. It looked steep, and was steep.
The way down was pretty ungraceful, alot of side slipping and short jump turns....but such an epic run, it seemed to go on forever!
The second couloir started from the same ridge line that we had scrambled across the day before. The first part look fine, but then it dog legged to the felt so we could see what was around the corner. We knew there was a band of rock right about the narrowest part....but we could see from the top.
Im not going to lie, it didn't take a lot for us to decide to go for it, we had been staring at this this all winter.
The top was fine with some soft snow and a lot of sluff, it was definitely a no fall zone though. Sam went first to check out the rock band, he shouted up to say it was fine and there was a way around it.
Once past the rock outcrop is suddenly got insanely steep and narrow for about 3 metres, i struggled to get a turn in and was feeling pretty exposed.
After this initial part though it opened up again and you could rip down the rest of it.
Again, a gnarly run, but so worth it. Another one ticked off the list.