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~ Friday 10th February 2012

Touring today up the Tuono - the imposing peak which dominates the St Luc ski area. After a team vote we decided on a purist approach, setting off on skis up a very chilly Prillet piste. Higher up it was still cold and windy, and plans for the North West couloir were looking doubtful. At the summit a lull in the wind prompted an attempt on the couloir. The entry is easy at the moment, skiable and no need for a rope. Unfortunately this meant I was 100m down before admitting the obvious - terrible conditions, with unskiable crust. Time to turn round and slog back up, before skiing the south face.