Trappier Couloir

After a slow start to the winter, mother nature has more than made it up to us this past week. Conditions for skiing have been amazing, with long, sunny days and a deep snowpack of light powder. With most resort skiing now heavily tracked out, today we stretched our legs a little and headed over to the Aiguille du Goûter to ski the Trappier Couloir. Clearly visible from Chamonix, the couloir is nearly 1,000m long and sustained at 35-40 degrees, perfect terrain for fun powder skiing!

I’ve been wanting to ski the line for a while so it was great to finally go and ski it. Conditions were amazing, with excellent powder the whole way down and plenty of space to make our own fresh turns. For me, this was definitely one of the most fun descents I’ve done this season. With the good weather set to continue, hopefully there’ll be many more like this still to come!

Aiguille du Gouter, Trappier Couloir (1 of 7)The team near the start of the long traversing approach to the couloir. Be warned, the approach and the couloir itself are notorious avalanche spots. The tour should only be undertaken if you’re confident of a stable snowpack.

Aiguille du Gouter, Trappier Couloir (2 of 7)Great views of Chamonix greeted us the entire way.

Aiguille du Gouter, Trappier Couloir (3 of 7)Sleigh on the bootpack section. It was here that Pierre and Marie-Jo Trappier were tragically killed in an avalanche. It was Pierre who first skied the line in 1982 and he went on to ski the line every year after until his untimely death in 2008.

Aiguille du Gouter, Trappier Couloir (4 of 7)Suz loving the bootpack.

Aiguille du Gouter, Trappier Couloir (5 of 7)The views are incredible all the way. I was gutted not to have shouldered the extra weight and brought my DSLR with me!

Aiguille du Gouter, Trappier Couloir (6 of 7)Sleigh charging down the couloir in perfect powder!

Aiguille du Gouter, Trappier Couloir (7 of 7)Sleigh disappearing into another cloud of light, blower powder.

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