I had this idea to post the best moments of each month this winter on my blog in one bitesize monthly summary, highlighting the best days and the most interesting adventures that had taken place. I got off to a great start, as Janvier delivered some amazing snow conditions and some super fun ski days … Continue reading Février.

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January is coming to an end so it's time to look back at some of the highlights of this never ending month... As always thanks to all the people who make these days possible. Let's see what Février brings...  

A picture is worth a thousand words

I didn't excel at art when I was in School. But I'd like to think that skiing is an art form and one that I've adopted over time as my way of expressing myself. Thanks to Nadine for taking these photos of me and showing the simplicity behind a few turns in deep snow. Skiing … Continue reading A picture is worth a thousand words

Bel Oiseau

Ski touring in November is always a win. For us young ones, consistent skiing in November hasn't really been a feature in our winter seasons so anything we do ski is always a bonus. With no lifts running until December, we had no choice but to continue our fine November ski touring tradition involving cold, … Continue reading Bel Oiseau

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North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse

With the ski season not officially open until mid-December here in Chamonix, everything is a bit.... slow. The ski lifts are closed and the high street is empty. The sun manages to get above the high peaks for just a few hours each day. Most restaurants are ferme until the crowds arrive. But I like … Continue reading North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse

Frison-Roche, Brévent

The voie Frison-Roche is a classic multi-pitch rock climb on le Brévent in the Aiguilles Rouges over 5 pitches of 6a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 5c. It is a very atmospheric setting with amazing views of Mont Blanc. You find yourself high above Chamonix, climbing from 2300 to 2500m with the Brèvent cable car flying past. … Continue reading Frison-Roche, Brévent

Arête du Doigt, Pointe Percée 2752m

The arête du Doigt is a classic ridge climb that takes 12 pitches along the north east ridge to the summit of Pointe Percée, the highest peak in the Massif des Aravis. I stumbled across the route description online and the more I looked into it the more I knew this would be a a … Continue reading Arête du Doigt, Pointe Percée 2752m