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~ Tuesday 17th January 2012

 This winter everyone's talking about the brilliant skiing, but the huge amount of snow hasn't produced great ice climbing conditions. There's still plenty to do though, as we found over the last few days. 

The Hotel de la Tsa deserve a mention for their efforts in creating a great little venue. A boulder and a hosepipe have turned into the ideal spot for training and an introduction to ice climbing, with a café 50m away. It does get busy though - be prepared to go elsewhere. 

Looking for more of a mountain experience we ski toured to the Cascade des Ignes yesterday, finding perfect ice and some nice snow, well worth the 2 hour approach. Compare this to the pictures from the same route in November