Alpine Climbing & Skiing: Frost Guiding Blog

Ski Lessons

~ Tuesday 18th December 2012

 I did an excellent 2 day course with Alison Culshaw at OffPiste Performance at the weekend. The course was run as CPD for British Mountain Guides with the idea of giving guides some basic coaching skills for helping clients with their skiing. In fact I'll using all the tips in my own skiing too (except perhaps the skiing-with-your-eyes-closed exercise)! 

Lots more snow falling in the Val d'Hérens and across the Alps. We had a good ski this morning at la Forclaz, which was deserted except for the workers preparing the area for this weekend - it opens on Saturday. 

Anyone going to La Fouly for the uphill race on Saturday? I just noticed last year's winning time for the 600m ascent was 19 minutes 14 seconds!  

Skiing

~ Friday 14th December 2012

 Pics here from the Leukerbad 777 night race. All good fun if you like that sort of thing! Swiss Team in elegant white suits, Mrs Frostguiding in pink on the right.

And they're off!

There's been some good proper skiing too. Yesterday on the Pallanche de la Crettaz was perfect powder from the summit to les Hauderes. 

Snow!

~ Saturday 1st December 2012

...and lots of it. I measured around 70cm of fresh snow at the top of Arolla ski area yesterday. Slow going skinning up breaking trail - it was a welcome relief when the piste machine caught up. 

Interestingly there have been lots of slab avalanches on shady slopes, a good reminder that the early season snow is often pretty unstable. For a refresher on avalanche training the Ortovox Safety Academy booklet is as good a summary as I've seen. It's also available online.

 

 

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