Couloir Skiing at Its Finest in La Grave
In episode one of the "Big Mountain Tour, Stian Hagen, Ian McIntosh, Austin Ross and Christina Lusti ski 6,000-foot creamy coolies
As Ian McIntosh says in the above video, skiing a La Grave couloir should be on your skier life checklist. Why? Because getting off the inimatable Telepherique, noticing no boundaries exist, making low-angle powder turns en route to a couloir rappel, rappelling into a classic couloir, and then skiing 6,000-feet of protected, cold powder all the way to the valley floor before getting picked up by a French-speaking local that drops you off at the brasserie across the street from the lift is the La Grave way.
In this video, save for the gratuitous product call-outs (which normally forces us not to post vids like these), it features that very thing. And since La Grave is located in the Southern Alps, they received the brunt of those southerly storms that hammered the wayward side, giving La Grave and Italy plentiful pow days and most other spots in the Alps a leaner-than-normal winter.
Editor’s Note: Featured image was shot by Adam Clark of Ian McIntosh ripping a beauty cooly.