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Ski blog from the French Alps featuring (almost) daily reports on what's happening on the hill
Much as we love powder and feel blessed with how many days this winter we've had in the white room, we've been pining for warmer days and those classic ski tours in the sun and spring snow...Read More
Ski blog from the French Alps featuring (almost) daily reports on what's happening on the hill
It's the winter that keeps on giving... powder. So the spring touring skis are still in the garage while the fat big mountain ones get another two days of play in around 50cms of fresh snow...Read More
Haring around La Grave to avoid the crowds
It was always a plan to go to La Grave as the weather was looking good, and if the lift wasn't open all the way, we'd ski tour in Chazelet. But unfortunately many many others had the same idea...Read More
The first Spring Tour of the season 9th March 2018
With warm sunshine for two days previously we were hoping that the snow would transform to spring snow, so it was out with the spring touring gear and, of course, Les Rando Chiens...Read More
Classic Serre Che Weekend 5th March 2018
Riding the storm and fresh snow on Saturday and then Bluebird on the Sunday going steep enough to get speed up in the deep pow but avoiding the ever-present avalanche danger...Read More
A New Route Off The Back. Ski blog.
For some peace and pow away from the chopped up sidecountry and hordes on the pistes the idea was to take a new route off the back with the intention of skinning up. Well that was the plan...Read More
The Powder Feast From The East. Ski blog.
The first day of meteorologic spring, 1st March, arrived with a feast of powder brought by the easterly storm giving us thigh deep powder in Serre Che - and that's just on the piste...Read More
Compared to other years February was pretty cold with only a hint at spring conditions. But it was one of the best months for powder hounds in the Alps - sidecountry, slackcountry AND backcountry...Read More
Japan was good but was this better?
While Japan was a superb experience and the snow incredible; a lot closer to home last week saw some skiing conditions that were up there with Japow. But you had to know where...Read More
Up early for ninja powder slaying in Serre Chevalier and La Grave. Ski Blog. 18th February 2018
When it's a sunny Sunday morning after some fresh snow the day before and it's the middle of half term in February, the only way to win first turns is for ninja tactics and an early start...Read More
Over the back, slackcountry in Serre Chevalier. Ski Blog. 16th February 2018
Looking at a rain laden forecast I'd decided that I would not ski. But it's amazing how 5cms of fresh and blue sky can tempt you out and with texts and WhatsApp pinging away a plan was made...Read More
Between winter and spring. Ski Blog. 15th February 2018
The temperatures have been cold up until now but the sun has been out. So it's still technically winter with powder on north slopes but awaiting the freeze/thaw for classic spring conditions...Read More
Author of Skiing With Demons Chris Tomlinson blogs for Style Altitude from his hospital bed after a piste collision with a Swiss snowboard instructor.
Haemorrhaging money as well as blood Chris Tomlinson author of Skiing With Demons was helied off the mountain. Catch his blog from his hospital bed about his (costly) road to recovery..Read More
Ski touring to find a very secret stash of untouched powder
There is still cold powder on north facing slopes. There are also a lot of ski tourers out there. So we found our own secret stash and, no, we're not shouting where it is from the roof tops..Read More
Where to find the best powder beginning of February
Where to find the best powder at this time of year? Sidecountry? Slackcountry off the back? Ski touring in north facing trees. Or at a certain deserted ski resort with virgin off piste?..Read More
Making the most of the recent snow in Serre Che and La Grave
It's getting a little more challenging to find untracked powder and what there is can be rock hard wind affected crust, but with the recent snow falls and wind there are stashes to be had...Read More
In the White Room
We redecorated our office! For January we've been working in the white room - starting with heavy snow in France and ending for us with Japanuary and a week spent knee deep skiing in Niseko...Read More
Topping up with freshies in Serre Che and La Grave
It just takes a few centimetres to top up the off piste. So scored three out of three days of very nice powder thank you both in Serre Che and La Grave. And it's still only January...Read More
New route going off the back of Col de la Ricelle
As it started to turn positively spring like in Serre Chevalier, Backcountry Editor, Ken Reeve finds his way home, going off the back and skiing down to his front door in Prelles...Read More
Cat skiing on our own in an abandoned ski resort in Niseko
It wasn't so much backcountry as old country, going up via a Cat with four guides to ski waist deep powder on Weiss Mountain, an abandoned resort 20 minutes outside Niseko...Read More
Take Only Photos, Leave Only Tracks
We've left quite a few fresh tracks in the powder ski touring in Niseko over the past couple of days and also taken more photos of the amazing scenery than we have space to publish...Read More
The Land of the Falling Snow
We're in Japan, the land of the falling snow where it never stops topping up with fresh pow. Meanwhile back in the French Alps it's turning Japanese with more and more snow..Read More
Snow. Ski laps. Wind. Repeat.
It snows, we ski the fresh powder in cloud doing laps in the low vis and then comes the howling wind. So the high lifts have to close and there's more snow to come. And more fresh pow...Read More
Ski blog featuring slackcountry skiing endless powder in Serre Chevalier
Finally use the drone to film - it was a superb day for it, made even better by the tour going off the back of the Col de Mea towards Vallon de Chambran passing the little Cabine de Beger...Read More
Making use of first lifts and skins to do untracked powder.
With all the visible off piste now tracked out we used first lifts for untracked sidecountry powder and then went over the back into slackcountry using skins to hike back up...Read More
Another day, another play
Higher lifts opening gave access to more powder with only a few freeride groups out to play in untracked powder and the trees. So it was back to the land of the lost ski..Read More
With snow falling and low vis, it was a good test for goggles and waterproof outerwear before going to Japan in 10 days time. But, hopefully, the snow will be even lighter!
A morning spent skiing knee deep fresh, lapping closed pistes and hiking / skiing a ridge through the trees for an epic run back down to resort. A good practice for Japan in 10 days time...Read More
When certain friends visit it's a bit of tradition that I attempt to give them an interesting time on the mountain. As they often use guides I feel beholden to give them a day to remember!
With the grim forecast of strong winds and possibly rain for the next few days the plan was to make the most of the fresh snow we had even though we knew it might be a little wind affected...Read More
The Ski Blog December 2017. It's snow time!
Boom! There's epic snow throughout the Alps in December. Temperatures drop and over a metre of snow falls in two days in Serre Chevalier. And then there's more snow...Read More
More snow, freezing temperatures and traffic mayhem
On one of the busiest Saturdays of the season in the Alps we have a foot of overnight snow, freezing temperatures and low cloud. It's the perfect storm for typical transfer day mayhem...Read More
It's warming up in resort. Including the apres.
The temperatures have been rising, the snow melting and freezing at night. Walking down to the van in the morning has become an extreme sport. Meanwhile the apres is warming up too...Read More
Using the lifts to access the powder
With around 10cms of fresh up the hill after Monday's snowfall and empty lifts, it's time for some more slackcountry powder. Yes, it's just another hard day at the office skiing in Serre Chevalier...Read More
It snows most of the week - and then the resort opens for business so there's limitless untracked off piste. What an amazing early Christmas present!
It's the official resort opening day at Serre Chevalier, there's untouched powder everywhere - and very few powder hounds around. Saturday skiing really couldn't be more sweet...Read More
So now there is serious snow throughout the Alps. And pretty good powder if you put on skins and avy bags.
Snow, snow everywhere but no lifts open! So it's out with the cross country skis in the bad vis BUT as soon as the sun comes out so do the fat touring ones for climbing up to find the pow...Read More
Boom! The snow arrives. Snow, freeze and thaw bring interesting snow conditions for driving as well as for skiing.
We're no longer just dreaming of a white Christmas or suffering from Comparanoia. We have serious snow! Also freezing temperatures creating traffic mayhem - and the need for thermals!Read More
First lifts open and there's the first proper snow for powder touring in Abries in the Queyras with the Rando Chiens to judge the depth.
As Social Media comes alive with Christmas card images of snowy vistas it's easy to suffer from Comparanoia, the fear of other resorts having more snow. But we know snow is coming...Read More
Waiting for snow, waiting for the resorts to open. To ski or not to ski? Do you wait for the lifts and decent snow or make the most of what's on offer?
It's the start of the ski season and we're now back in the mountains live from Serre Chevalier in the Hautes Alpes. Time for the first ski tours of the winter to find snow and try out new kit...Read More
You can almost feel the chill breath of the White Walkers beyond The Wall with the swift approach of Winter 17-18 and the new ski season...
GB Ski and Snowboard athletes talking Winter Olympics, Travis Rice's new epic film premiere and The Hoff on Mount Battersea at The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show. Yes, the ski season's begun...Read More
The Bike Blog. June / July 2017. After a tumultuous past week with the Tour de France and Etape du Tour the the valley is returning to normality.
The Bike Blog. May. Back out in the mountains and still a lot of snow high up making for some spectacular riding scenery and still beginning of May some Cols like the Granon still have snow at altitude.
And it's all about focusing on the job in hand, training for Etape du Tour in July. Though it's not all about road bikes, the beauty of Serre Chevalier is also the abundance of off road trails.Read More
The Ski Blog April - May 2017. This is the month when we can find ourselves skiing powder or ski touring first thing and then sunbathing in the afternoon.
The end of season in resort is this month so it's a good time to take advantage of the lifts for sidecountry and slackcountry. But it's also great for ski touring. Also sunbathing. And then there's snow in May...Read More
The Ski Blog March 2017. The first day of March has fresh snow. And there's more fresh powder as the month continues. But spring temperatures are rising,
February 2017 Ski Blog. It's snow time! The month begins with new snow all over the Alps and, finally, sidecountry powder in resort...
The good news is we have snow. The bad news is that it's half term with hordes arriving throughout the monthRead More
January 2017 Ski Blog. First no new snow. Then we have 10-20cms and it dumps in Austria and the Northern Alps but the fresh disappears off piste so it's time to tour for powder..
A dry start to January in the Alps....Read More
December 2016 Ski Blog. Chasing the snow and avoiding the holiday hordes, it's a case of taking road trips, going touring and early lift tactics
The season starts with chasing the snow...Read More
APRIL 2016 SKI BLOG. What will the weather bring, this month. Late snow? Or rain? Spring ski touring? Or hiking? Maybe, both...
There may be rain and warm temperatures, but also empty resorts, possible late snow and spring touring. Don't let April fool you that it's over...Read More
MARCH 2016 SKI BLOG. Snow time! Starting with spring, then powder, March delivers as one of the best months in the mountains.
From spring touring with the dogs to powder skiing in fresh, why we love March...Read More
FEBRUARY 2016 SKI BLOG. All eyes on the weather charts! A warm - and windy - start to the month, but all change throughout the French half term weeks..
A warm - and windy - start to the month, but all change throughout the French half term weeks...Read More
JANUARY 2016 SKI BLOG. New Year, New Snow. The end of the snow drought at last as the new year brings new snow to the resort.
New Year, New SnowRead More
DECEMBER 2015 SKI BLOG. Start of the season and the Snow Gods need to WAKE UP! December 15 ski blog. All we want for Christmas is...snow.
December 15 Blog. All we want for Christmas is...snow.Read More
MAY 2015 SKI BLOG. Far Horizons. Arctic Conditions
Arctic ConditionsRead More
APRIL 2015 SKI BLOG. On tour.
Touring days continue.......Read More
MARCH 2015 SKI BLOG. Spring skiing in the Alps.
Spring skiing at it's best........Read More
FEBRUARY 2015 SKI BLOG. First tracks.
Snow and ride review for half term monthRead More
Best ski tour of the season, so far! Touring in the Galibier sector with Rando Dogs in superb cold powder for skiing
Up in the Galibier sector with Rando Dogs in superb cold powder...Read More
JANUARY 2015 SKI BLOG. Making the most of the snow.
Making the most of the snow that's here in the French Alps...Read More
Skiing in St Veran Queyras
Small resort gets 11 out of 10 from top guide + half price lifts....Read More
Skiing in La Grave
After the snow and wind, made sense to go to La Grave....Read More
Ski touring from Pont de L'Alpe to Roche Robert in the Southern Alps
Early morning ski tour with the dogs and various wildlife on show....Read More
Ski Tour Chirouze with the dogs. Climbing from above the village of Le Villard Late (above Chantermerle Serre Chevalier), up to the Col de Granon
Climbing from above the village of Le Villard Late (above Chantermerle Serre Chevalier), following close to the road up to the Col de GranonRead More