Friday, February 14, 2014

Valley Verte

The Valley Verte is the Highlands equivalent of the famous Valley Blanche and was the focus of our attention today. Huw and I were joined by Bryn and Rory who have come up for a quick hit and our cunning plan involved using the Nevis Range ski lifts to gain the days height. Unfortunately the lifts were buried under all the fresh snow so our plan was foiled and we had to skin to the summit in rapidly deteriorating visibility. The descent to the col between Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag was exciting in zero visibility and with some big drops on either side, much more exciting than on foot which is probably how I would do it next time! The Valley Verte drops from the col to the West on recently scoured slopes which were 40 degrees for about 300m of descent, thankfully the vis had improved but the light was still quite flat. We were all too gripped to take photos on that bit! As the angle eased and the valley opened up we had some lovely skiing down into Glen Nevis and then a beautiful walk under Steall Falls back to our pre placed car. An exciting day out! 

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