Showing posts from August, 2015

Climbing Mont Blanc to be Policed

With the ever-going popularity of  climbing the Mont Blanc , the Haute Savoie Prefect have voted unanimously to police both the Gouter Route and the Three Monts Route up to the Mont Blanc from June to September.   Mont Blanc routes to be manned by police credit: In a statement issued by the Haute Savoie Prefect and the Mayor of Saint Gervais, the  Gouter  (Normal) and the  Three Monts  route will be manned by a number of gendarmes (police) from June to September. Read on..

Resort Guide: Morzine, France

Morzine and Avoriaz are two of the best ski towns in France and form part of the huge Portes du Soleil area.  Purpose-built Avoriaz is perched seemingly precariously on a plateau at 1800m. It is very convenient, offering ski-in ski-out accommodation, but lacks the friendly atmosphere of Morzine which breaks the traditional French stereotype not being as ugly as sin, and instead an attractive village full of wooden chalets with not a high-rise in sight! READ ON..

Ski Carry Techniques

Ski Carry Techniques Aspen Ski Sherpas - Professional Ski Carry Techniques- we've all done at least one of these techniques! Be an A.S.S.!!!

The Alps face a warmer world

A glorious winter, but the Alps face a warmer world – bringing huge change Under Mont Blanc's glittering peak, mountain guides and scientists tell the same story: the Alps are warming, the evidence of climate change is clear and the golden years of ski tourism will soon be past.   Read on..

Staying safe in avalanche terrain.

Staying safe in avalanche terrain courtesy of   Danny Uhlmann Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:16AM  "...we want to draw attention to the fact that although experience is necessary to develop certain competences....having been exposed to the relevant risks and “got a way with it" is itself no good evidence to having acquired these competences. More generally, we want to caution against the inference that in most mountain sports, experience is by itself a reliable indicator of competence."  Philip A. Ebert and Theoni Photopoulou, "Bayes’ beacon: avalanche prediction, competence, and evidence for competence" After my first winter season in the Alps (2012-2013) I was both dazzled by the terrain and amazed by the access to it. There were many lessons I learned and many days spent in massive terrain here with clients and on personal trips. I guided all sorts of off-piste and ski touring days and taught a few AIARE 1 avalanche courses. As a new

El Niño Year?

Skepticism, faith, and desperation in the face of big El Niño long-term forecasts July 13, 2015 By John Clary Davies image: We know a few people at Mount Baker who are hoping this El Niño is the one. PHOTO: Grant Gunderson I first heard the report on NPR. They were predicting another El Niño year. But not just that—they said it was going to be the biggest El Niño since ’97/98—which led to one of the greatest winters ever recorded. Indeed, Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, told Northern California’s KQED , “This is much stronger than we’ve seen—this is the biggest signal since 1997. Not a puny El Niño but a Godzilla El Niño.” And just like that, I was roped back in. No matter how many times El Niño breaks our heart with false promises, we’ll always come back for more. El Niño is the ski industry’s lover we pretend to be over bu

Keeping Your Kit Safe

Keeping Your Kit Safe Skis and snowboards can go missing, and whilst we're very sure that the problem isn't unique to our resorts, there are some very simple ways to keep your kit safe. When you think about it, ski kit is an easy target in a ski resort. Where else would you leave a couple of hundred quid's worth of equipment outside a restaurant or bar unattended for a couple of hours? The low levels of crime in Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz make our resorts a great place to live, work and holiday. But in reality, we all need to pay more attention to our precious kit; the impact of it going missing could seriously affect your time in resort. In the last couple of weeks there have been quite a few thefts, mainly from outside of restaurants and bars on the mountain. Lock your kit up Some mountain restaurants have lockable ski storage areas for you to use, free of charge. But to be on the safe side, carry your own ski lock with you. These are small, simple devices a