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

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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

Cunningham (Passerrelle) Couloir

5.2, E2(?), TD (Number 1) The Cunningham, also known as the Passarrelle couloir lies beneath the main bridge on the Aiguille du Midi. It's a steep, hugely aesthetic couloir with around 400m of skiing at 45 to 50 degrees before you reach the Glacier Rond. The couloir has a unique entrance in that you must … Continue reading Cunningham (Passerrelle) Couloir

Col des Cristaux

5.1, E3, TD- Today we decided to go for Col des Cristaux in the Argentiere basin, a line I've been wanting to ski for a while. The Argentiere basin is world famous for steep skiing with many extreme lines on offer for those who dare. The Col des Cristaux is the easier of the north east … Continue reading Col des Cristaux

Col du Trident

Ben Finlay and I had planned to go for Spencer Couloir on Aiguille de Blaitière but missed out on first Midi bins so we decided to go exploring towards Tour Ronde instead on what was a nice bluebird day. 'A day in the mountains' as we called it. By the time we got up and started … Continue reading Col du Trident

Aiguille d’Argentière via Glacier du Milieu

4.2, E2, D I've always wanted to ski this line so when Magnus suggested we stay at the refuge d'Argentière and head up the route it was a no brainer for me. Only problem was that I was sat at my desk knee deep in writing newsletters for my beloved Adventure Base. (You can sign up … Continue reading Aiguille d’Argentière via Glacier du Milieu