Not far from the busy resort of Verbier are some excellent valleys for ski touring.

I was once again tagging along for some aspirant guide training, this time with Richard and his guest James. We headed up to the comfortable Brunet refuge, a good 1000m skin from the Swiss village of Lourtier. After an afternoon soaking up the sun outside the hut we were well rested for the 950m skin the following morning to the summit of Mont Rogneux.

We went fairly quickly, and were the first team to the summit meaning we had a quiet ski back down. We went down a really good north facing valley, hunting out some cold snow and finding some fresh tracks.

We had about 1500m of really good snow, before joining the track lower down rather than battling the sun affected slopes.

I’d totally recommend a trip here, it’s a pretty good option for days when the avalanche hazard would keep you off higher slopes as for a lot of the skinning your following a ridge line. You could also get to the hut in pretty poor weather, as your in the trees for quite a lot of the ascent and following a summer road.

The Brunet refuge

The Brunet refuge

 

Cold in the shade

Cold in the shade

Skinning up towards Mont Rogneux

Skinning up towards Mont Rogneux

Summit of Mont Rogneux

Summit of Mont Rogneux

Stunning views out towards the Grand Combin

Stunning views out towards the Grand Combin

Looking across towards Verbier

Looking across towards Verbier

Oh Yes, fresh tracks in perfect snow.

Oh Yes, fresh tracks in perfect snow.

Richard getting a wiggle on!

Richard getting a wiggle on!