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Freeride on Col du Passon

After a few casual laps of the lifts at Grands Montets, Seth and I decided to hunt for some better snow on the Col du Passon. The snow was typically skied out in Grands Montets in a matter of minutes. The approach to the Col du Passon is popular this time of year because its … Continue reading Freeride on Col du Passon

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Aiguille de L’Encrenaz, NE Couloir

Aiguille de L'Encrenaz, NE couloir, Aiguilles Rouges 5.2 E3 From Lac Blanc climb the slopes SE of the Chamois / Perseverance / Encrenaz and head up the middle S facing couloir between Breche Martin / Encrenaz. At the top of the couloir aim right and then descend into the North East couloir. First part is around 50 ° … Continue reading Aiguille de L’Encrenaz, NE Couloir

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Powder is back on Aiguille du Midi

A quick lap of the most challenging of the variations of the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - Grand Envers du Plan. Fresh 30cm of snow on the first two pitches. Summer in the valley.

Ski Trip: North Iceland

Welcome to the hidden gem of the North. Ólafsfjörður sits in the Eyjafjörður fjord an hours drive from the biggest town in the North of Iceland, Akureyri. It is a small, unspoilt fishing settlement that’s fast becoming an outdoor enthusiast‘s dream come true. Ólafsfjörður was connected with a ‘road’ for the first time in 1940, … Continue reading Ski Trip: North Iceland

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