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Currently it's summer in the mountains so follow our cycle blogs and cycle tours (and sometimes mountain col andtrail running) for the Hautes Alpes around Serre Chevalier. From November check out our Ski Blog with off-piste, backcountry, slackcountry, ski touring, tour routes, ski news plus mountain weather reports and forecasts, snow and piste conditions.

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You know winter is coming when the Alps start turning white, the trees become golden - and there's a ski slope in Battersea Park.for the London Ski Show

Tic Toctober. The clock is ticking and it's time to start getting stoked about the coming winter ski season in Europe with the first snow settling on the peaks of the Southern Alps, this week...

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Among the many fitness opportunities in the mountains during summer such as cycling, trail running, climbing and kayaking there's SUP yoga on the lakes.

People ask, what's the best way to get fit for skiing? The best answer is to never be unfit. What better way to work on balance for skiing than via SUP yoga in the summer on a mountain lake?..

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We've ski toured up the mountains, here, many times but in the summer, there's a different challenge - the Defi du Granon up 12km and over 1000m vertical.

Waking up yesterday morning, I couldn't believe that I was pulling on running gear about to do the 12km long, 1063m vertical challenge that is the stamina-testing Defi du Granon, Again.

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Is midsummer really the perfect time to get skis ready for winter with temps hitting 30C in the French Alps? Find out why it's not actually madness...

Why has our Backcountry Editor got his skis out at the height of summer? Because with heat guaranteed, now is a good time to apply the new DPS Phantom permanent base treatment...

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Cycling in the Haute Alpes in the summer and how best to avoid getting caught in potential afternoon violent summer storms as the weather breaks

After the crazy hot temperatures of the previous week, when cycling in the Haute Alpes we now have another weather phenomenon to deal with, the lottery of mid to late afternoon storms...

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With temperatures soaring into the 40s in the Haute Alpes, there are two tips for surviving a cycle tour: leave early and add salt to your isotonic drink.

A 1,350m climb up the classic Col du Galibier or a 5 hour 116km circuit up Col d'Izoard are always tough but with 40C in the Haute Alps cycling becomes a gruelling test of stamina - and salt reserves...

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The new roof terrace of the Grande Motte cable car in Tignes is open for passengers from Saturday, 22nd June offering an adrenaline-fuelled ride.

Adrenaline junkies looking for a rush? Or just the best view of the mountains? Then head for the heights of the Grande Motte cable car roof terrace, starting this Saturday, 22nd June...

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On 16th June, 32 competitors will take off on the gruelling journey of over 1100km by foot and paraglider from Salzburg to Monaco.

Ready, steady, run, hike and paraglide. The start of one of the toughest altitude races, the Red Bull X-Alps, takes off from Salzburg on 16th June crossing the Alps for 1100km. to Monaco....

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What do you need for ski touring? Not only touring boots, bindings, skins and crampons but also transceiver, shovel and probes. Also a bandanna.

Some near perfect spring ski touring days has brought smiles, boosted confidence and now is giving our first time ski touring friends serious retail therapy deciding what touring kit to buy....

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August is perfect timing for the biggest dumps of the Southern Hemi season, known as the Santa Rosa, when SASS Global Women's Week takes place in Argentina

SASS Women’s Week focuses on girl pow(d)er for backcountry adventure progressing every aspect of skiing and snowboarding on the vast terrain of these Patagonian mountains...

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When to go ski touring for the first time? And who to go with? Check out debut ski touring in May using skins and skiing down in spring snow.

You need the right spring snow as in freeze/thaw conditions, a warm sunny day, someone to decide on the best timing, easiest route up and optimum slope aspect PLUS a can-do attitude...

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You'd think Tecnica would be shouting from the mountain tops about the fact that their freeride boots have just made the Guinness World Record book?

In an amazing 'feat' of endurance, orthopaedic surgeon, Paul Harnett, broke the Guinness Record for running in ski boots, completing the London Marathon in a 'blistering' 5 hours 30 mins...

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Following the success of Epic and Ikon multi-resort passes, Snowpass is launching in Europe for winter 2019-20 with the most resort partners for one pass.

The 100 resorts in 8 countries that the new multi-resort ski pass will cover in Europe will be revealed this Wednesday, 8th May - kicking off with the offer of 50,000 early passes for €395...

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The spring ski touring in the French Alps is lasting well into May 2019 with plenty of snow above 2000m and the marmots coming out to play.

The ski touring kit has been drying in the afternoon sun, as going into May we're having classic spring ski touring mornings skiing with the dogs, the Rando Chiens chasing marmot whistles....

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A different type of ski touring this time ice axe, crampons & harness are required as we ski tour amongst the 4000m plus peaks on the Swiss Italian border

A challenging 3 days, a split boarder mate who I was last in Siberia with, and another mate in training for Mont Blanc guided along the 4,000m peaks of the Swiss / Italian border.

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What to do as forecasts are varied, one-moment powder next day hard pack snow not transforming along with the dreaded wind & finally classic spring snow

It really was a varied week of skiing just like the variable snow pack, from sublime powder in La Grave through to hard pack snow on the Gardiole, and then maybe the best ski tour of the season?

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So the sun's out, beautiful blue skies, but it hasn't snowed for two weeks. What to do? Slap the skins on, of course ...

It may have been a dry few weeks for new snow in the Alps but there's always somwhere to make fresh track. If you don't believe it, Backcountry Editor, Ken Reeve has the photo evidence...

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He's learnt to dislike skiing lessons which seem to serve only one purpose – to destroy the self-image he managed to restore after his last lesson...

Faced with a week of Ski Club of GB lessons in Meribel, would Chris be skiing with more demons? Or would monsters in the form of moguls created by the holiday hordes be his biggest challenge?

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We continued our search for both inbound off-piste classic Steamboat Trade Marked Champagne Powder and out of bounds backcountry

After making the most of 45cm of fresh powder exploring various trails, runs and inbound off piste, we continued our search for the classic Steamboat Trade Marked Champagne Powder.

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The yip yips rang out from the trees like cowboys rounding up the fresh powder. It's Saturday morning in Steamboat after a night of snow ...

Gnar local dudes whoop in the trees doing powder while,on the ranches, they are reliving the pioneering life, leading their horses through snowdrifts. Yehah, welcome to Steamboat...

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We're in Winter Park in Colorado where the snow's super cold, the pistes are perfect, the moguls are magnificent and the sidecountry's AWESOME.

Deciding to fly to Colorado for 10 days skiing at the end of February was the second best decision we've made - the best decision being the one we made five years ago to spend every winter skiing...

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With the hordes all over the pistes for French half term it's time to pack skins and head over the hill for slackcountry or out of resort for backcountry.

There's Slackcountry using lifts to access untracked and there's Backcountry completely out of resort. But we have Jackcountry as in going out with the only ski touring Jack Russells in the world...

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An unfit piste skier of vintage years how would they cope with La Grave? He was adamant no Couloirs, no ski touring and he would use his own 85mm skis

So a good friend of mine I've done a fair few trips with managed to talk a uni mate into coming to La Grave for three days - he was a very good piste skier but what would La Grave be like for him?

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Have you joined the freeride frenzy, desperately seeking fresh powder? Well there are some very good reasons NOT to go ski touring to discover new snow.

If going off piste, doing side country, is getting too frantic for you then do NOT consider getting skins and ski touring. Also stay in bed when there's fresh snow and sleep through your FOMO...

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He's survived powder bowls and glaciers with the Ski Club of GB but would Chris Tomlinson survive a week in Morzine and the apres scene? Would his liver?

After surviving the powder bowls of Tignes and the glaciers of Saas Fee, Chris headed to the Portes du Soleil for the biggest challenge of the season, a week's skiing - and drinking - with his Morzine Crew...

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It was a tough ski tour after strong winds scoured the slopes leaving icy hardpack in places. Good for straight-lining down as Kamikaze Kiki found out...

After massive strong winds scoured the slopes leaving icy hardpack in places it took ski crampons and claws to ascend. Good for straight-lining down as Kamikaze Kiki found out...

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You can still score some great powder turns in the Chamonix Valley if you're prepared to put some effort in and be a little creative to find the untracked.

When all the side and slackcountry is skied out it's time for powder hounds to sniff out the fresh untracked further afield - with some effort and creativity. Plus the use of crampons...

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As an ex-seasonaire Chris Tomlinson is not used to packing his bag for a week's skiing...or for four star hotel restaurants.

Author Chris Tomlinson, heads to Switzerland with the Ski Club of GB as our roving ski reporter giving the low down on high altitudes and vertiginous high-priced restaurants..

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NIGHT SKI TOUR BY THE LIGHT OF THE SUPER RED WOLF MOON.. We donned layers, put on head torches and woke up the Rando Chiens for a moonlight ski tour.

We had powder head shots, last night, from icy snow blasted from the cannons as we skinned up the pistes at 03.10 in freezing -17C by the light of the moon and head torches with the Rando Chiens...

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Maybe the last time the Andros Trophy will visit Serre Chevalier Ice Racing Circuit as the whole area is due for redevelopment next year.

It was the closest we got to powder all day, watching the Andros Trophy on the Ice Racing Circuit. Just be sure to turn your volume up on the videos as those engines sound superb...

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When the snow doesn't come to us, we must go to the snow. So with 75cms fresh in Chamonix we packed the van with fat skis, touring kit and Rando Chiens...

When the snow doesn't come to us, we must go to the snow. With the snow drought in the southern Alps, it made sense to head north to Chamonix where 75cms of snow was on the radar...

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It's the five year refresher test for Ski Club leaders. Chris Tomlinson is in Espace Killy to see if he will make the grade and keep his precious jacket.

It's back to boot camp in Tignes for Chris Tomlinson to face a few more demons in a refresher course to test his skiing and survival skills and whether he is still worthy of his Ski Club leaders' jacket.

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Stealth skiing strategy be patient with the cloud as it comes and goes wait for a clear spell and then ski the line

As so often happens the valley might be in cloud, with the occasional break in the sky at altitude. So stealth skiing, as in waiting for the right moment, is the name of the game...

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Ski touring up prepared pistes through to 37 kick turns up a steep climb in the forest the ski touring dogs have climbed 2,300m and 23km in three days

With the lifts closed and good powder to still be had we've been ski touring every day over a myriad of conditions, from climbing up icy pistes in Monetier through to steep tough forest ascents...

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What makes us love or hate one ski resort more than another? Ski area, tree runs, fast lifts, atmosphere, apres bars and often unexplained prejudice.

In the game of comparing ski resorts, some trump others for good reasons such as better lifts, Alpine charm or apres vibes. So why does Chris Tomlinson feel Morzine has the winning hand?...

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Slack Country Friday for the official opening weekend of Serre Chevalier, no people, sunshine, but what would the snow be like, would there be any powder?

With spring like temperatures the preceding few days before that saw us skiing classic spring snow below the Lautaret what would we find as we took the Casse du Boeuf chair up above 2,000m?

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It was the first day of December, the first day of lifts in Serre Che so we were on the first gondola - and it was time for some first tracks in the powder

A beaut day, a classic bluebird, for the first weekend of lifts in Serre Chevalier - and so it was up on first lifts for a few hours of untracked side and slackcountry. And the only thing broken was a pole...

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Early season ski touring trip to Luzhba Skitour Lodge for skiing in Siberia Russia famous for its heavy snowfalls & temps minus 20 keep it as light powder

Preparing for a trip to Luzhba Ski Tour Lodge for an early season skiing trip to Siberia Russia for ski touring where temperatures can be as low as minus 25, what gear to take and what about Visas!

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Before ski touring in Siberia 16th November I needed to test legs and boots. So we drove to Frejus to skin up to Cucumelle with the Rando Chiens

We knew there was a reasonable covering of snow above 1900m having run up the mountain two days ago but the weather has been grim. However with a break in the cloud it was rude not to...

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Stage 18 2019 Tour de France 207km Embrun to Valloire Lac Serre Poncon Barcelonnette Col de Vars Col d’Izoard Serre Chevalier Col du Lautaret & Galibier

What will be the hardest stage of the 2019 Tour de France? Stage 18 on 24th July 2019. Whereas 2017 Stage 18 was 178km, next year they've added Galibier and a fast descent into Valloire...

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Running up to the Col du Galibier with the dogs and filming with the Drone strengthens legs for the ski touring season and is the best way to get ski fit.

Finally I succumbed to running instead of cycling up to the Col du Galibier with, of course, the Randos Chiens, as trail running uphill is surely a great way to get ski fit for the coming ski season?

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Now we have slow motion time lapse fireworks as the Larch Mélèze trees gradually turn fiery-orange and conditions are great for hiking and cycling

This time of year it's decisions, decisions as to what to do to make the most of the weather conditions monitoring the forecast day to day and waiting for the first snow falls of the season...

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Ski touring up is hard; cycling up is kind of challenging; but running up competitively has to be the toughest way to reach the famous Col du Granon.

The Defi du Granon annual running event covering 12.4km and 1000m vertical up the Col du Granon is a race for serious triathletes and trail club runners. Were we mad to take part...?

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The development project for the district in La Salle les Alpes by La Folie Douce Hotels has just been presented to the inhabitants of Serre Chevalier.

The new Folie Douce Hotel complex has revealed more detailed plans for the 1500 bed project opening scheduled for 2020 within champagne-spraying distance of Style Altitude HQ...

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France could have 500 wolves due to a species conservation plan Shepherds protecting flocks from wolf attack now use a Patou dog which can threaten walkers

With wolves in the French Alps now very real and more reports of attacks on sheep, farmers are protecting their flocks using the Patou. But they can be seen as aggressive to summer walkers....

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Prepare for a ninth season in Morzine? Go full ski bum and sofa surf? Or become another holiday punter? Chris Tomlinson has to decide if neuf is enough?

Chris Tomlinson has now done eight seasons running The Chalet Project in Morzine. But can he face hosting guests again this winter? Or will he decide that neuf is enough and go full ski bum?...

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I've been back out in the Alps for the past 10 days and year on year the explosion of growth in E-Bikes is truly phenomenal!

Back out in the Alps for the summer and there's been an explosion in growth of E-Bikes which is truly phenomenal making the mountains accessible to the old and young - AND unfit...

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I'd not packed the gear away yet as I've been hoping and waiting for one last hurrah and with the return of winter over the weekend maybe a chance of powder

Daylight and there was persistent cloud up at the Lautaret, however an hour or so later it looked to be clearing, so got ready quickly and into the van for the 15min drive up to the Col du Lautaret...

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Marmots and bouquetins are all out whether you're ski touring or cycling up the mountain.

With the classic Col du Galibier sign completely buried under snow at 2642m, it'll be a while before the road opens for cycling. However the marmots and bouquetins are out to play...

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Powder Days: 40 (plus). Spring Touring: 10 (ish)

Forty days of powder and still counting. Maybe 10 spring touring days and almost giving up. Meanwhile the snow snakes were lurking under windblown crust causing a man down - or two.

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So it was off to Laa Laa land, one of our favourite ski tour areas where the terrain reminds us of the rolling hills of Teletubby Land.

The Teletubbies, in this case marmots, were frolicking around their burrows as the sun rose throwing long shadows on the slopes of one of our favourite ski touring areas...

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Up early for spring ski touring and back for a poolside BBQ, yes it's Wednesday and another hard day in the mountains.

With super warm and sunny days, it's perfect for spring ski touring early in the morning and BBQ in the afternoon. And okay so it's Wednesday? Just another hard day at our office...

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The weather is a truly bizarre, one morning I'm sliding across the road in the van snowing heavily, very next day I'm cycling up the same road

Three very different consecutive days in the mountain. From skiing fresh snow well over a metre deep to cycling up the Col de Montgenevre to then coping with rotten spring snow...

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Ski blog from the French Alps featuring (almost) daily reports on what's happening on the hill

The snow snakes are lying in wait, this spring, under crusted, heavy and grabby snow. Yesterday, after 10cms of fresh up the hill,and not ideal off piste conditions, they pounced again...

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Ski Knee Injury Alert. Part 1.

What happens during the seconds it takes to fall in crud in the backcountry? Alf Alderson, describes those (literally) agonising moments when he fell skiing off the back of La Plagne ...

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Ski blog from the French Alps featuring (almost) daily reports on what's happening on the hill

We lost count of how many powder days we've had here this winter but then, thanks to Strava, we were able to add them up. And it's been 40 days. And that's not counting Japan...

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Powder hounds

The month started with The Feast From The East and waist-deep powder. It ended with a surprise Easter Feast of more fresh. In between we had some powder, some spring, some WTF...

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Ski blog from the French Alps featuring (almost) daily reports on what's happening on the hill

After a couple of days of rain in the valley, waking up to snow outside the window was a welcome Easter Saturday surprise. Also being changeover day no one was out so we had the powder to ourselves...

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Ski blog from the French Alps featuring (almost) daily reports on what's happening on the hill

Usually by this time of year, the Rando Chiens are as fit as a butcher's dog thanks to almost daily ski tours. But this winter the spring snow isn't transforming and Mamma Kiki's putting on weight...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Powder hounds

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...

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Japan was good but was this better? Another Retour D'est Genoa Low in the Queyras which can produce heavy precipitation often sublime powder

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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..

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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..

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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?..

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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..

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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..

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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!

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Bike & Hike Blog from Serre Chevalier August 2017.

High season in Serre Chevalier now and also very hot as we're in a mini heat wave supposedly...

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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.

With the Etape du Tour and the Tour de France over and all associated with it be it amateurs, professionals, organisers, spectators and the hordes of camper vans Serre Chevalier will now return to a more peaceful setting.

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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.

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