Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January catch-up - Andermatt, Vanoise, Maurienne

Time for an update after a long absence! - Work, family and flu have combined to keep me away for a while...

A couple of weeks ago I was back in Andermatt for 6 days of off piste coaching. We arrived under heavy snowfall and this really set up the week, with great conditions to be skied both on the Gemstock as well as on the smaller areas nearby. A productive week with Ed, Peter, Kate, Malcolm and Chas:

According to the media there wasn't much snow this January:

Classic Switzerland:

Did I mention the powder?

Alpine lighthouse:

Chas enjoying the powder:

Peter putting his improved powder-mojo to good use:

A cosy coffee stop for the team:

Last week I was back on home turf in the Vanoise coaching IFMGA guide Andy Perkins and friends - a regular slot for a few years now. With snow conditions still quite average we spent a lot of time with a strong technical focus, with some great results. Right now I am in the middle of a week in the Maurienne Valley with Phil, John, Ian and Perry. In a repeat of our week last winter we have managed to hit a week with 'challenging' conditions but managed to find some great smooth chalky snow earlier in the week, and some good powder turns today:



On a serious note the snowpack is still very much in 'early season' mode, with a shallow pack and lots of potential weak layers - we witnessed a sizeable slab release today (skier-triggered) which had the potential to have serious consequences. Stay safe out there folks!

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