Summit 3200m. A vertical descent of 2100m of un-pisted and unprotected mountain.
La Grave has a fearsome reputation and has become a Mecca for those seeking challenging off piste skiing. What better place for 10 members of the HAC to test their own skills and nerve whilst under going adventurous training.
Three days of build up training in Serre Chevalier, saw our members developing their skills for skiing in variable terrain, learning and practising vital Avalanche awareness, rescue and recovery techniques before undertaking La Grave.
Brilliant blue sun shine and freezing temperatures gave the team perfect conditions for their first descent of the mountain. Initial nerves were soon overcome as 30cm of fresh snow and a 35 degree slope gave way to some of the most breath taking and in spoilt ski-terrain.
In true HAC fashion, effective preparation and training combined with a good dose of individual courage enabled our members to ski one of the most challenging runs in the world.
Sadly just prior to their trip, three local French skiers lost their lives skiing La Grave. The team sends its thoughts and prayers to their families.