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~ Monday 6th April 2009

 A mini Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt at the weekend with a group of Finnish skiers. They flew in from Finland in Friday - minus boot bags which went to Copenhagen! Luckily the boots turned up early on Saturday and we set off to the Bertol hut. This is a long climb, especially if you've just arrived from sea level...and have chosen a Volkyl Katana/Marker Duke touring set-up. Not exactly lightweight.

Next day we climbed the Dents de Bertol and skied great powder, then headed over to Tete Blanche. The descent to Zermatt had some varied snow, but was very fast with three strong skiers. A great weekend! (more pictures here)

Heading to Bertol, Mont Collon behind

Skiing to Zermatt, Matterhorn behind