Couloir Antenna – Rocher de Bellevarde (Val d’Isère) 08/02/18
A quick lunchtime hit over on the NE face of the Bellevarde in Antenna Couloir, finding some pretty decent snow on the northerly aspects and slightly more wind affected snow on the easterly aspects.
Antenna Couloir is reached the same way as Orientation Table Couloir up on the Bellevarde. Just keep heading along the ridge and follow the fixed wires that are there for the Antenna staff to secure them as they cross the Bellevarde. There is some easy climbing and downclimbing along the ridge, with the fixed wires serving an easy handrail for the balance-y downclimbs.
Keep walking past the big antenna (obvious) and you’ll reach a big boulder on a Col that usually has fixed tat around it. A short rappel leads to the top of the snowslope that you need to make a leftwards traverse across to reach the top of the couloirs.
The couloirs are split in two, with a left and right variant possible. Get a good look up from Val d’Isère before if you’re not sure of the snow conditions in the couloirs.
Once you’ve skied the couloir, it’s a pretty cool link up to head straight down to Côves couloirs, as long as the snow conditions are decent!