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Valley Les Avals, The Refuge and another new face - 10 Jan 2010
 
Ski Higher boys enter the jaws of Courchevel backcountry.
 
On Monday night me and my ski buddy for the day Nathan (Ski Higher) dropped in to the Les Avals valley and prepared ourselves for a night of -10 temperatures in a refuge. The small fire provided some warmth, but it was mainly the anticipation of the skiing, that was to come the following morning, that kept us warm.
 
This is the first of hopefully many reports that I will be making over the season chronicling my adventures on my new ski touring set up. I hope to capture Courchevel and its surrounding backcountry in all its glory through my photo lens as I go.
 
Our mission on a cold and clear Tuesday morning was to use early moonlight to hike to the top of the ‘Dents de Portetta’, a peak standing at 2800 meters and with a face that I have wanted to ski since forever. The hike took a little over 2 hours, but we were rewarded with around 100 big and uninterrupted powder turns. The snow was of an incredible quality as the face we skied was north facing and sheltered from the sun.
 
The accompanying photos were taken at differing stages of our trip (usually when I had to wait for Nathan on his heavy split board set up). I hope you enjoy!
 

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