Alpine Climbing & Skiing: Frost Guiding Blog

Off-Piste in Grimentz and Zinal

~ Saturday 16th March 2019

The second week I've done this year for the Eagle Ski Club using the tried-and-trusted format of mixed guiding and instruction, the idea being to help committed ski tourers improve their skiing whilst introducing others to off-piste and ski-touring for the first time. 2 Mountain Guides, 2 expert ski instructors and 24 experienced skiers - it's a busy week with groups doing alternate days of ski lessons and off-piste or ski touring. This year had some challenging weather and equally challenging snow, providing lots of "learning" opportunities!

We were based at the excellent Hotel de Moiry. Good food and a warm welcome as usual.

Winter Room Haute Route

~ Saturday 2nd March 2019

The Eagle Ski Club Winter Room Haute Route usually involves plenty of shivering and trail-breaking. (Here's last years blog) This year was different - with very warm weather it felt more like April than February. The missing Grands Montets lift adds some uphill to day 1, so we stayed at the Dorées bivvy instead of Trient. This left us with some catching up to do so we skipped the Prafleuri and made the long stage to the Dix in 1 day. The Pigne d'Arolla was icy and windblown, but the Col de l'Éveque put things into perspective with huge sastrugi and lots of bare glacier ice! Sadly the weather didn't hold for the final day so we ended up in Arolla after a great week of touring in surprisingly quiet mountains. The "world's most famous ski tour" is still deserted out of season.

Early Ski Season Pictures

~ Sunday 10th February 2019

Here are a few pictures from the "early" season. 2019 has been brilliant so far - lots of keen skiers, nice weather and some great snow. It's a good sign when all the photos are of powder, but it's genuinely been like that - endless powder skiing. Thanks to everyone who's been involved this winter. It's been fun skiing with you all. There's more snow forecast today and tomorrow...

Réchy valley, Grimentz

Grimentz Skiing

Grimentz off-piste, Orzival

Nax off piste

Mont Rouge, Arolla

Vuibé glacier, Vignettes

Grimentz Off-piste Week

~ Sunday 13th January 2019

Grimentz last week - as usual, it was excellent. Based at the lovely Chalet Roux, the plan was to explore the off-piste and touring in the area. The holiday crowds went home on the Sunday leaving the place strangely quiet. There was a much-needed 20cm of fresh snow too, followed by blue skies and perfect touring weather (if a bit chilly!). Grimentz and the Val d'Anniviers are very much "on the map" for most skiers nowadays, and continued investment in the lift system will surely increase the number of skiers visiting, but it's still deserted in comparison to the big ski resorts. On Thursday and Friday we saw more chamois than skiers - that's 10 chamois and zero skiers!

Happy New Year!

~ Tuesday 1st January 2019

Happy New Year everyone! And please, please, please can we have more snow? The ski season got off to a great start with fantastic conditions in December once the usual early-winter avalanche risk settled down a bit.

Things have stayed good up high over the holidays and it's been a great start for many ski resorts with lots of skiers enjoying the perfect weather. It's been warm and clear for 2 weeks now.

Touring conditions are amazingly good for this time of year, but you'll need to look hard for good lift-access off-piste unless you like skiing bumps! It's still out there though...

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