La Grave really is a fantastic place. One lift to access some wild terrain, no pistes or ski patrol, just one big mountain!

Perfect for a three day course in off-piste ski guiding, in steep terrain. We skied lots of different runs, discussing and practicing various guiding techniques.

It snowed on our last night of the course, so on our “day off” between courses we met up with a couple of Gavin’s friends for some more skiing, including a great couloir run right down to the valley floor.

I’m totally inspired by this type of guiding, and seriously looking forward to getting back to La Grave sometime soon.  But first I’m going to get some good steep millage in Chamonix…

Mike Brownlow skiing in the Partou Couloir

Mike Brownlow skiing in the Partou Couloir

A blank canvas in La Grave

A blank canvas in La Grave

Cold fresh snow on the glacier

Cold fresh snow on the glacier

Drag tow on the glacier

Drag tow on the glacier

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Weather coming in?

Weather coming in?

Party time in La Grave!

Party time in La Grave!

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The Banane Couloir

The Banane Couloir

Chris on a birthday pose

Chris on a birthday pose

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The entrance to the Partou

The entrance to the Partou

Couloir du Lac

Couloir du Lac

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