THE INDEPENDENT - Couloirs: An off-piste adventure

Most people come here for the food, wine and pistes with spectacular views, including those that make up the renowned Sella Ronda ski circuit, a happy parade of sharp elbows, skinny skis and camera clicks (you can cover 26km in a day, much of which will also be spent in lift queues). I had come for an experience at the other end of the skiing spectrum, to seek out and take on some of the most challenging features of mountain topography: couloirs.