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Month: April 2018

The Ski Mountaineering Season Begins

The ski season is drawing to a close, but the Ski Mountaineering season has only just started out here in Chamonix. It’s time for high summits and early starts. Yesterday (Saturday 21st) we were up on Mont Blanc, enjoying the incredibly warm and still weather before skiing down into the heat of the valley in the afternoon. The heat in the valley (22 degrees on Saturday) is causing the lower snow to be pretty terrible to ski by mid morning, or even avalanche, but above 2000m the conditions are better and the glaciers are so well filled this year...

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10 Ski Touring tips for your next trip

Here’s a few ideas and tips before you set off on your next ski tour, with a guided group or on your own. This is a bit of a random list, put together as we skinned up to our hut today. Any further suggestions welcome! 1. Be flexible – you’ll have a plan A, and probably the huts and logistics planned, but if the weather and conditions are difficult, don’t be afraid to get the guidebooks and maps out and go to plan B. This nearly always results in better, and safer skiing, rather than charging ahead and trying...

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Perfect conditions for a Heli-Ski Mont Blanc

Congratulations to Chamonix locals Ross and Tim, guided by Phil on Mont Blanc. Perfect conditions for a summit ski, via the North Face all the way back to town. Top effort! Surely one, if not the longest, heli drops in the alps, the boys were dropped off at the Piton des Italia on the border of France and Italy. From there it is about a 900m climb to the summit along the Gouter route. After a few attempts at doing this over the past few weeks, the weather finally came good with clear skies and light winds. Pretty essential...

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Training for Mountaineering for the “time crunched athlete”

Training for a multi hour endurance effort in the mountains normally requires many hours of training to achieve your best performance. But for those people who have busy lives during the week it can be hard to get the long training hours in. This often results in people not doing anything at all, as if they can’t get an hours or longer training session done they don’t bother. But there’s a lot you can achieve in a short time frame that can supplement your longer training sessions at the weekend. You’ll still need to get that multi hour training...

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Domes du Miage Ski Tour – April 2018

Deciding on a ski touring venue is always tricky, and with the forecast this week it was proving particularly difficult. The forecast seemed to change every day, and it was suggesting both fresh snow and high winds. Luckily we weren’t committed to a specific tour or route, and so we could pick and choose at the last minute. We ended up picking the Conscrits Refuge as a base for our two nights, as it fitted our ski mountaineering plans and there would be a variety of tours we could have a go at from the hut. So after some...

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