A Touch of Spring – Chamonix March

Chamonix got a spring feeling during week 11. The snow on mountain south faces started its transformation into corn/slushy snow. North facing slopes up high remained powdery though, and the ski touring in Chamonix has offered many excellent descents. The end of March is now bringing some heavy snowfalls and the return of powder skiing conditions off the lifts. Read More

How Hard Is It To Climb Mont Blanc?

We often get the following question before people book a guided Mont Blanc ascent with us: How hard is it? How much preparation and acclimatization do I need? How do I train for climbing Mt Blanc? This is what you can expect from a week of mountaineering in Chamonix including the ascent of Mt Blanc: Read More

Topo of Aiguilles Rouges Ski Tours

Featuring some popular ski tours in Les Aiguilles Rouges in Chamonix. Starting from the Index chair lift in Flegère, over various mountain passes, and skiing down Vallon de Bérarde to the train station in Le Buet. We like the Aiguille Rouges ski tours because you hike up on south faces and ski north faces. This often means enjoying the sun on the way up and skiing cold powder on the way down until late spring. Read More

Biggest Storm of The Winter – Chamonix Feb

After a long time of cold temperatures and light snow we got warm and unstable weather during week 8. Just when the winter fleeces were about to be stached away we got hit by the biggest storm of the year on the 26 Feb - it just would not stop snowing! Warm and variable weather with regular snow falls and strong winds seams to follow in the footsteps of the big dump... keeping powder skiing on its peak and avalanche danger high. Read More

Epic Powder Skiing – Chamonix in February

Kicking off February with a massive dump on both sides of the Mt Blanc mountain range, we got epic conditions for powder skiing! For 2 weeks now we have had amazing off-piste skiing in the Chamonix valley and our neighboring resorts in Switzerland and Italy. Chamonix powder report continues...visiting Punta Helbronner, Le Tour, Courmayeur and more. Read More

Kask of Sweden – Goggles and Beanies

A report on our new goggles and beanies from Kask of Sweden. Sharing with the Kask team a good friendship and a great passion for skiing, we have the opportunity to represent not only the brand but a whole lifestyle - living life to the full, staying creative and free in the mountains. Read More

Classic Off-piste Runs – Chamonix in January

The whole of January 2010 we had so much great off-piste skiing in Chamonix. It is a quite time in Chamonix; not very busy in the mountains, cold snow, and beautiful winter landscapes. Here is a little selection of great off-piste runs that are in good conditions now in the early season. To inspire and to give you an idea of the variety of off-piste skiing we have in Chamonix. Read More

An Introduction to Avalanches

In the Alps, avalanches are the principal cause of mortal accidents. Ignorance and lack of knowledge put many people on the mountain in danger. So to augment the knowledge and awareness among our clients and readers we would like to provide some information about avalanche safety. I will start with a basic comprehensive introduction to avalanches and risk assessment. This info complements our practical avalanche awareness courses in Chamonix. Read More

Christmas Skiing in St Anton am Arlberg

In ski resorts all over the Alps, the amount of snow was increasing during the Christmas week. It was great powder skiing some days and warm and windy other days. We have been checking out the snow conditions and skiing powder in Chamonix and St Anton during the Christmas week! Read More

Winter Rock Climbing in Finale Ligure

While waiting for the off-piste sharks to get buried we scout central Europe for rock climbing destinations in December. We found our last week of T-shirt free rock climbing in Finale Ligure, close to Genoa in Italy. Temperatures were perfect for climbing in the sun as well as in the shade. Even though we often go to Finale, just 3 hours drive from Chamonix, we continue to explore new sectors as well as revisiting our favorite ones. Read More

Rock Climbing Riglos & Rodellar

The 300m high conglomerate towers in Mallos de Riglos are one of a kind. Consisting of rounded rocks of all sizes from eggs to pilatus balls glued into an orange mud. On top of that it is greatly overhanging! Why would you build your home under this potentially rock-firing giant? And much less try to climb it!? Lyckily someone did, and now Riglos is one of Spains most popular area for more alpine-oriented climbers. Not far away, Rodellar offers a sport climbing mekka. Read More