After living in Chamonix for almost 20 years it's rare that you ski a line that you haven't heard of or seen before, but it happens, like it did to Thor Husted, Nate Wallace and myself a few days ago. On the approach to the Couloir Trappier the other day we spotted North East Couloir of Point Inferieure du Tricot that neither of us had ever seen. I have never been up in this particular area in winter and in the summer this line looks more like a big slab of rock than a ski line. The line can be approached from the ski are of Les Houches or the village of Bionnassay. The first lift in Les Houches is at the 8:45 these days so we opted for the drive to Bionnassay for an earlier start. It was quiet refressing to start from below the tree line and slowly move into the alpine as the sun was rising, far away from the lift lines of Chamonix. The Couloir itself raises about 650m up from the Bionnassay glacier. We found excellent boot packing conditions on the way up and great skiing on the way down and by luck we were down and out before the clouds covered the whole area.
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Sunrise above Bionnassay
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Boot packing up the Couloir
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Spotting the summit
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Thor negotiating some funky snow in the upper face
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Thor and Nate on the summit slopes
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Thor getting into it on the decent
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Thor opening it up in the main couloir



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