Couloir Barbey

After a superb break from skiing, I did a couple of couloirs from the Argentiere Basin in the Chamonix valley with Chris and Pat. We did the Couloir Chevalier, which we thought would be a warm up to the Barbey on the Swiss side of the Aiguille d’Argentiere. It turned out to be the steeper one in fantastic powder conditions. We awoke at 3AM this morning to climb the Aiguille d’Argentiere. Four and a half hours later, we were standing on the summit, basking in the morning sun. The snow conditions in the Barbey were not as good. Some old tracks created inconsistent snow. But it was a nice challenge. We skied it all the way done to Saleina on the Swiss side, making for a super fun traverse France-Switzerland.

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About Hans Solmssen

I am a professional mountain guide living in Verbier, Switzerland. I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii after my father moved to Hawaii to teach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. He created a horse program at this high school, located in the middle of the largest, privately owned cattle ranch in the US. Horses were a major part of my life, even playing polo for a few years. I moved to northern Vermont to go to school, and discovered skiing. Little did I know, this would become my life's passion: guiding friends and clients over the mountains around the world on skis and foot. I moved to Verbier, Switzerland in 1982, and entered the Swiss guide's program in '88. I received my UIAGM "pin" 3 years later in 1991. I have two kids, Anya and Kevin.

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