Ski Performance for Mountaineers

4th Feb 2018

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On our Ski Performance for Mountaineers courses, we aim to try and ski as many different types of snow as possible. This gives us the opportunity to show how we vary and adapt techniques depending on whether the snow is soft and powdery, bumpy, icy, crusty, heavy and slushy or spring snow. However, we need to work with whatever snow conditions we have in Chamonix at the time. This week, we were incredibly fortunate to be have very varied conditions.  We were able to ski all different snow types and terrain, working on technique in all that the off-piste can throw at us.  We were also very lucky to end on a bluebird powder day, saving the best snow till last!

We had 4 groups running last week. Groups were skiing with Alison Thacker, Fred Dibblee and Shona Tate. We all find it extremely rewarding to work with so many like-minded people that are eager to learn. We wish you all the best for putting it in to practice during the rest of the season, and on any ski tours that you may have planned. Throughout the week we enjoy sharing the stories of past and future ski tours. There were many exciting ski touring locations discussed last week throughout the course; Norway, Queyras, Morocco, Antarctica, Loch Ossian, Haute Route to name just a few.

The snow conditions in Chamonix are fantastic at the moment. There is 4 metres of snow at 2500m, which is quite a contrast to this time last year. The classic off-piste bowls at Les Grands Montets have very good cover. It's due to stay cold this week so the snow will remain good, and it looks like we might get a small top up on Monday.

We have just released our dates for next season's courses. These can be found on our course calendar

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