It is great conditions for skitouring in Chamonix these days. The cold weather and great snow has made a lot of runs that normally would be to dangerous, or not skiable to the valley, possible. Yesterday I teamed up with a crew of local rippers to do the Couloir Trappier of the Gouter shoulder. A great long run but with a very exposed and dangerous approach, the stability have been good in the mountains here lately, so we decided that yesterday would be a good day to do it. The Trappier is a rather bizarre story in it self as the couple that did the first decent of the couloir both died in an avalanche on the approach to the couloir more than 10 years after they did the first decent. We found stable good powder both on the approach and on the decent.