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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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Why skiers are more often in the wet room than the white room in Morzine

Guest ski blogger, Chris Tomlinson author of Skiing With Demons and creator of the Morzine Chalet Project has been in a cafe with his umbrella up watching the English paddle off to the lifts...

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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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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...

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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,

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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 month

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 Snow

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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.

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MAY 2015 SKI BLOG. Far Horizons. Arctic Conditions

Arctic Conditions

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APRIL 2015 SKI BLOG. On tour.

Touring days continue.......

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MARCH 2015 SKI BLOG. Spring skiing in the Alps.

Spring skiing at it's best........

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FEBRUARY 2015 SKI BLOG. First tracks.

Snow and ride review for half term month

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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...

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JANUARY 2015 SKI BLOG. Making the most of the snow.

Making the most of the snow that's here in the French Alps...

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Skiing in St Veran Queyras

Small resort gets 11 out of 10 from top guide + half price lifts....

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Skiing in La Grave

After the snow and wind, made sense to go to La Grave....

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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....

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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 Granon

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