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~ Tuesday 30th January 2018

It's been a fast turn-around - from road closures, avalanches and landslides to perfect, stable off-piste conditions in a few days. The mountains never cease to amaze! Relatively warm temperatures and settled weather have created some excellent ski conditions in the Swiss Alps.

I started the week in Grimentz with the British Mountain Guides Off-piste training course. The popularity of off-piste and lift access day-touring has exploded in recent years and now provides the bulk of many guides' winter work, so a specific training course seems like a really good idea. The Val d'Anniviers is no longer a "secret spot" - it has joined the Magic Pass scheme and is much busier than a few years ago, but with a little imagination it's still not hard to find untracked snow.

Next, back home in Evolene with a few days off work - and perfect ski conditions!