Yesterday was the final day of my ski and winter season. Following about 50cm of fresh snow on Thursday night we had great conditions at Le Grand Montets.
We began the day by skiing many lines off the Tabe chairlift as the visibility was poor and the many trees in the area aid depth perception. In the afternoon the skies cleared and we had a great time skiing the classic runs, La Face and Glacier des Rognons.
I will add more photos from the week to the facebook page.
Following fresh snow overnight down to 1000m and fresh snowfall throughout the day, there was some good skiing to be had at the Grand Montets ski area. The slopes were quiet and the lift queues short allowing a number of good off piste runs to be completed.
Today the weather has been challenging in the Alps with persistent snowfall and poor visibility which started yesterday afternoon. We did however have a productive day at Le Grand Montets.
We spent the first part of the day skinning out of the ski area in the direction of the Glacier d’Argentiere. Once away from any hazard presented by skiers we covered roping up for glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills.
On return to the resort we spent time skiing the fresh snow. The highlight of the day was a descent of the classic glaciated off piste run, La Face.
The team and I had a nice days off piste skiing today at the Grand Montets ski area (located at Argentiere near Chamonix). We had a good day skiing moguls, firm snow and spring snow.
The weather was good until 2pm when the weather set in with snow at the height of the half way station.
Today I have been out with a team from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines above Chamonix.
We spent the day skiing from the Aiguille du Midi down the Vallee Blanche but on the way skinned up to the Col Freshfield (3625m) on the Italian/French border.
The Vallee Blanche is becoming lean in the icefall section and very soon will not be passable. If the new snow arrives tomorrow onwards it will be a serious proposition as the remaining safe snow bridges will be hard to find.
Last week I was ski touring in the Arolla area with Gordon, Steve and John on behalf of www.frostguiding.co.uk. We found lots of good snow for skiing with fresh tracks on spring snow on both the Tete Blanche and La Luette. Below is the details of where we went;
- 9th April. The Arolla ski area and Pas de Chevre (2855m).
- 10th April. Transceiver searches and crevasse rescue training near and around the Glacier de Tsijiore Neuve.
- 11th April. The Cabane de Bertol (3268m). This is a long ascent and therefore it is worth leaving early in the morning before the day gets hot..
- 12th April. The Tete Blanche (3724m).
- 13th April. The Cabane des Dix (2928m).
- 14th April. La Luette (3548m).
There are many more photos on the facebook page.
From the 28th January to the 4th February 2018, I will be guiding alongside Andy Nelson of www.infinitymountainguides.com on a ski trip. The trip is going to be based in the brilliant Sestriere and Montgenevre ski areas where we will have access to vast areas of ski touring and off piste terrain in addition to a superb snow and sunshine record.
The focus of the trip will be on lift served ‘fresh tracks’ and day touring. The course is suitable for all abilities of skiers including those with no touring experience and those with touring experience who fancy touring somewhere a little bit different!
The cost of the 6 days ski package is, £1775.00. This includes;
- 7 nights in a 4 star hotel on a half board basis.
- Wine and soft drinks with the evening meal.
- Return flights from Newcastle or Manchester.
- Transfers to and from the ski resort.
- Lift pass.
- 6 days ski guiding.
- ATOL protection.
The course is limited to 10 places so please contact Euan Whitaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andy Nelson (email@example.com) if interested.
From the 9th to the 14th April Euan will be running an introductory ski touring course for www.frostguiding.co.uk. The course will be based in the beautiful Arolla valley. Please contact Janine and Graham if interested.
The climbnow team also have availability for Alpine ski touring from the 20th April until the middle of May. Example tours are; the Vanoise traverse, the Saas Fee and Zermatt 4000 metre peaks, the Bernese Oberland Traverse, Chamonix single and multi day tours and the 4000 metre summits of the Mote Rosa Massif. Please contact the team if interested.
Additionally, the climbnow team also have some availability for Skye scrambles and ridge traverse courses this May and June. Please get in contact if interested.
Today Chris, Colin and I climbed the Breithorn (4164m) above Zermatt. The conditions in the Alps at the moment are currently very cold so if climbing 4000 metre peaks it is essential to wrap up warm.
We had a great day today above Zermatt climbing the Cima del Breuil and off piste skiing on the Furgg Gletscher and the Oberer Theodugletscher. Last night it snowed meaning today we had even more powder and fresh tracks to ski.