Brèche Puiseux, a traverse within the Mont Blanc Massif – 7th April 2014
Le pouce… the Thumb Couloir, above Grimentz – 1st April 2014
A snowy Haute Route – 28th March 2014
On and around Mont Blanc de Cheilon – 19th March 2014
In the central Valais Alps, the Cabane des Dix makes for a useful central base to run day-tours from. Mont Blanc de Cheilon dominates the view, as do all the glaciers and other peaks that lend themselves to fine ski-touring and great ski descents.
Heading up the Cheilon itself… The ski-touring route heads up a glacier route around to the right of the peak. Here we attained the skier’s ‘winter summit’ – the true summit is a bit trickier and best left for summer alpinists!
To get back to our starting point of Arolla, and to avoid the infamous ladders at the Pas de Chevre, we found a different route over the ridge which gave us access to a great final slope to ski, on reasonable snow, before joining the Arolla ski pistes back to the village.
Mont Fourchon, above the Grand St Bernard Pass – 2nd March 2014
Ski-touring based out of the Grand St Bernard Hospice on the Swiss/Italian border. A few days of cloud and snow but with one fine day in the middle where we were able climb a peak, Mont Fourchon, and make the most of the touring and skiing conditions.
Ski tour on Pointe Ronde – 31st January
After a week of snow and cloud it was great to have a clear day for this ski tour that climbs high above Martigny and the Rhone Valley in Switzerland.
On the Croix des Prélayes – 24th January
To the hill fort on Punte Croche – 23rd January
The Col d’Argentière and the Tour Noir Glacier – 22nd January 2014
Nice snow and skiing on the Vallée Blanche – 30th December 2013