When the going gets tough, the tough get going -sometimes faster than expected
It was a tough ski tour after massive strong winds scoured the slopes leaving icy hardpack in places. Good for straight-lining down as Kamikaze Kiki found out...
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- Published 30th January 2019
- Gavin Baylis
First ski tour up Col du Galibier of 2019 and it was tough, as we'd had massive strong winds scouring the slopes leaving icy hardpack in places, but with four legs and claws, the Rando Chiens - Kiki and Beanie - have no problems. Well, at least, so I thought. For me, I had to use ski crampons. But we made it to the iconic col for the inevitable pose picture(s)
And then there's the descent. When you're climbing up you're on the lookout for the best lines that might have pockets of windblown powder so you never (normally) take the route you climbed up.
From the col it's a short very steep section and was a mixture of windblown powder and slab and hard ice pack quite technical skiing. Out of the corner of my eye I could see the dogs fighting through the windblown slab, I did a few more careful turns to check the dogs and then I see Kiki flying down the slope, still on all four legs but she was totally out of control and just could not stop.
She must have come out of the deep snow, hit the hardpack and just sped up, I was a tad concerned at the time, but now, on reflection, it was one of the funniest things I've seen for a long time.