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Month: February 2014

Ski Touring in the Italian Dolomites

I first visited the Italian Dolomites with my friend Ed in 2003. We were on a typical rock climbing trip – living cheaply, camping out and hitching lifts to the mountains. Ever since that trip I’ve wanted to go back, the climbing and mountains are spectacular. Over ten years later, I’m sat in the passenger seat of Ian’s van on the way back to Chamonix after a week of ski touring from hut to hut around the Dolomites. Quite a contrast to the last trip, comfy huts, good food, wine and deep snow everywhere. In Cortina this winter they’ve...

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Col du Passon & Vormaine Couloirs – Chamonix off Piste

Blue skies and more fresh tracks in powder above Chamonix, yawn… Took the new SkiTrab Volare’s out for the first time today. I hadn’t quite sorted out a proper set of skins for them but the temptation to use them was far too strong. My old skins were fine for a while and we put in a good skin track from the Argentiere glacier up towards the Col du Passon, which hasn’t seen hardly any traffic this season and we were therefore pretty confident of good untracked snow on the far side down to Le Tour. When we started...

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A day of two halves – ENSA Couloir

We had some fresh snow overnight here in Chamonix, so today we had the usual dilemma of where to ski. Trying to avoid the crowds, get some fresh tracks and hopefully ski some steeper terrain were our criteria for the day. In the end we decided on a Brevant morning, and then when it got too warm (for the snow and avalanches) on this south facing area we could head across to the Midi and see what we could do there. When we arrived at the top of the bubble lift, they hadn’t opened the top cable car yet,...

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When it’s snowing – ski the trees

Fresh snow overnight here in Chamonix. Queued for the Brevant lift, deserted run back down to Chamonix, then four laps off the Midi lift from the Plan d’Aiguille. 5000m of descent on light powder snow. Such, good, fun. I learnt a new phrase as well – “White Roomed” i.e. there’s a load of powder snow in your face, the clouds closed in and it’s snowing. It’s a white out basically. I did get white roomed a few times, which resulted in a good crash into a wind scoop that I’d been warned about one minute previously. There were a...

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Summit selfie on the Domes du Miage this morning.
A great trip from the Conscrits Refuge and a ski all the way down to the valley floor.

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