I had skied the North Face of Mèan Martin last year, but never bothered to go from the summit & skied straight from the ridge onto the glacier and I only really cared about the skiing. With my new & much lighter gear, I had a new drive to make the summit in a decent time, to work on my fitness etc etc..
So I joined Si and Ant who are both currently training for the PDG this spring – a good couple of pace setters for me to try & keep up with!
Cugnai was shut, adding another 100m or so vert in the morning, Si had also decided that we should also add in the summit of Point d’Arselle into our day, so we traversed on skins straight from the top of Cugnai across to the peak. I was halted on the summit ridge due to forgetting my boot crampons, so I skied from just below the summit, getting some awesome early morning turns in…
After Si and Ant skied the West face of Point d’Arselle (more awesome snow), I met them at Refuge du Fond des Fours, the start of the skin up to the summit of Mèan Martin – around 800m vertical height gain.
The skin went along fine, with me trying to keep up with this pretty fit pair & snap some pictures of them.
As we reached the summit, the cloud started to roll through, signifying the approaching storm that is gonna dump another heap of fresh snow on the Alps…
The skiing on the Glacier des Fours wasn’t half as nice as it was last year, but it was good to get some good mileage and over 1000m vert in the legs before we get locked down into the tree runs for another few days (at least!)
Route topos below, blue = skin track & red = ski descent