A powder start to the Haute Route – 25th March 2012
The Long Road to Verbier – 12th March 2012
A ski safari journey, a tour-on-skis that makes the most of using ski lifts to reach the best off-piste skiing between Zinal and Verbier.
A traverse of ‘la Golette’ from Les Marécottes into the Vallon de Van – 8th Feb 2012
Lots of snow in the Dolonne, Courmayeur – 2nd February 2012
The first sunny day after the weather… – 26th January 2012
Skiing in all directions at le Tour, fresh track all day. 6 descents, a short lunch on the summit of the Tete de Balme and then we were off again.
Backcountry training, white conditions at Vichères! – 20th January 2012
On the second day of a 2-day backcountry skiing and snowboarding course around Verbier, the weather really closed in with much new snow forecasted. We headed to ski area of Vichères, which is half way along the Verbier valley in the direction of the Grand St Bernard pass.
Only the chairlift was working yet this allowed us to reach the back ridge of the ski area by skinning/snowshoeing to have a bit of an adventure in the wild weather. It was perfect!
On reaching the top of the ski area and its welcome hut for a bit of shelter, it seemed like the best place to turn back. White-out skiing for a bit…
…before the chairlift gave some helpful definition to our surroundings!
Soon, however the larches further down the slope made for some amazing skiing/boarding through the spaces!
Aiguille de Van, Trient Valley: central couloir – 11th January 2012
Good skiing amongst rocks and trees, this couloir was filled with soft compacted snow – it was perfect!
The couloir’s striking looking location gave a view over the Col de la Forclaz and on into the Rhone valley and beyond.
Sunshine! after all the snow and storms… – 9th January 2012
Loads of amazing snow now, yippee!! Can have some visibility of the time but that’s where the trees are good…
The first time the Aiguille de Midi has been seen in days – 19th December 2011
The clouds and continual snow fall of the past few days cleared for an afternoon, it was great to see the mountains again!
A late start to winter in the Chamonix Valley, but a lovely autumn! – 14th December 2012
Good snow early season is perhaps a bonus. You can’t really complain when there is wall to wall sunshine for week after week. The rock-climbing was still great, there had been some snow in other areas of the Alps for a bit of skiing.
After the bizarre winter of the previous season, to see snow arrive in good qualtiies was a big relief however! By early december, at last winter began for sure. Occasionally it looked like this, as in this picture at Verbier…
But mostly this has generally been the view…. and it’s set to continue at least until Christmas. Not so good for photos but definately great for skiing!!