Lessons from Chamonix: Jeremy Benson Learns European Steeps
Chamonix is Steep
Chamonix is steep. I’m talking really steep. Maybe you’ve skied 55 degree slopes at New Hampshire’s Tuckerman Ravine, or Jackson Hole’s Corbett’s Couloir, or the Palisades at Squaw Valley. But nothing can quite prepare you for the scale of the mountains in the Chamonix Valley, where the steep skiing is longer and a lot bigger than most other places. When it gets really steep, don’t forget to pole plant and if necessary, do hop turns by picking up your skis in unison and turning them in the opposite direction across the hill.