There you go. Your car fully loaded with expedition gear and some nice plans. A wall full of couloirs has been in your head for ages. A beautiful peak somewhere above the tiny hamlet of Alpe Devero. The plan is simple: skin with a sled up, set up a base camp and then climb the couloirs. Robbert Schippers, Roel van der Laan, Popski and Michiel Neyens went for it. With very beautiful images as a result.
But what if there is wind, too much wind, with tricky avalanche conditions as a result? What if your plans turn out to be too risky? Then park that plan for later in the season, have a godd discussion with each other, pack everything up again and drive to that part of the Alps where there is enough snow, the lifts are still closed and a wonderful north face is waiting for you. Lagalb was the new destination, a mountain opposite the Diavolezza in the Engadin. Skinning up over the still closed slopes towards the top and then this as a reward.
Don't forget to pump up the volume, because the video below deserves it ....
Above you see Robbert Schippers on his Powfinder Split 157 shredding the north face of the Lagalb. Lovely snow, wonderful images and that early season. A nice lesson for all of us from these four gentlemen. If you think carefully, you always ride powder somewhere without taking too many risks.
Want to know everything about Lagalb and Alpe Devero? Order the ultimate freeride guide book now : wePowder The Alps with more than 120+ destinations, 408 pages thick and almost 2 kilos heavy. The pre-order phase may then be over. The book can still be ordered and I can assure you that the book is worth every euro. More info about this book can be found here, you can order directly here.