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The effect of Covid-19 on skiing is a potential upswing in ski touring this ski season winter 2021 to avoid restricted lifts and crowds in ski resorts

With ski resorts potentially having to restrict lift and restaurant services, this winter, if not even cancel, there's a big buzz about going ski touring instead but is this really good news?...

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If you're not fit it's going to hurt going skiing or snowboarding. Literally when it comes to thigh burn and, possibly worse from serious physical trauma.

There are now less than 70 days before the start of December and first lifts opening in the Northern Hemisphere ski resorts (just don't mention the 'c' word as in Covid-19). So time to get ski fit ?...

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Post Covid travel in Italy. What happens when the van breaks down and you need to rebook your ferry? Then risk life and limb in an Italian taxi.

Let's face it there are worse places for your van to break down than the Italian Alps where there's always an adventure to be had whether climbing, hiking, taking a bus to Chamonix or an Italian taxi...

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Travelling back to the Italian Alps in July post Covid-19 lockdown. What could possibly go wrong?

Getting out of Dodge (Italy) in haste back in March, it seemed a good plan to return, post covid lockdown, and collect all the gear before heading back to the UK. But make a plan, make God laugh...

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The latest ski blog reporting on the latest news from the mountains and life as lockdown restrictions are lifted and businesses go back to a new normal.

For all those with FOGO, Fear Of Going Out after weeks of living in a secure bubble during coronavirus confinement, here's the perfect summer holiday, a bubble in the mountains...

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The latest ski blog about the Covid-19 effect on skiing life next winter from Chris Tomlinson, author of Skiing With Demons

What is the future for skiing next winter? Avoiding covidiots on the piste? Why even go to resorts with no apres? So will it be ski touring in the Alps? Or maybe skiing in England as a last resort?...

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It's a great time of year to take advantage of roads still closed to traffic as the Col du Galibier and Col d'Izoard do not open till the end of the May.

With better weather since restrictions were eased it's perfect timing to take advantage of the roads that are still closed as they clear the snow up to the Col du Galibier and Col d'Izoard...

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It's now May and the Rando Chiens are riding the coronacoaster by playing games with the wildlife in Serre Chevalier

Now the marmottes are out in full whistling force it's game on for us Jack Russells. It's like Whac-A-Mole but we have more fear of catching the Humans' COVID-19 than we do a marmotte...

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Finally able to cycle more than one km from home and leave the turbo in the garage to gather dust, only one small problem we still have snow at altitude

The cycling season for me would normally start in late March but 8 weeks of confinement meant I could only cycle within a one km radius of home, so other strategies were required to get cycling fit...

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The latest ski blog from the French Alps where the resorts are gearing up for opening in seven weeks time for summer holidays.

The French hills are alive with the sound of the tourist industry gearing up for opening in seven weeks time with all the optimism of Julie Andrews skipping over the hilltop meadows...

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Skiing With Demons author, Chris Tomlinson latest ski blog about life during the coronavirus crisis in the UK

The ever-chilled Skiing With Demons, Chris Tomlinson on lockdown in the UK is now facing the Fridge of Life and assessing his own sell-by date during his mid-to-late life coronavirus crisis...

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The coronavirus effect on skiing next winter with the latest news plus views from Simon Hudson, Tourism Professor, skier and author of COVID-19 & TRAVEL

Social distancing on chairlifts? Is this the future for ski resorts plus higher costs? We look into the murky crystal ball - and run up the hill to see if there's enough snow for a last ski tour...

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The lastest ski blog during week 8 of lockdown in France with deconfinement less that a week away.

There is less than a week until the lifting of lockdown. Will there be fear of going out, FOGO, or will everyone rush to escape the cities? Here in the mountains the biggest fear is an avalanche of invaders...

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The lastest ski blog from Serre Chevalier during the coronavirus lockdown in France

France has unveiled plans for AD, After Deconfinement with more freedom to exercise and socialise. Will life go back to BC Before Coronavirus? And will there be snow for a final ski tour?...

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It was an abrupt end to the season in La Grave where mountain life in the villages has meant adapting to the restrictions to freedom let alone freeriding

They're not used to restrictions in the freeride playground of La Meije. Josefine As, married to high mountain guide Per, describes life in lockdown in their village above La Grave...

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The regular dog's blog about two Jack Russells, the Rando Chiens, who are surviving with the Humans during the coronavirus lockdown in Serre Chevalier

Surviving corona as in virus rather than beer, the Rando Chiens are on heightened guard duty. Food-wise, they've got the situation licked but currently they're much less keen to lick the Humans..

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Skiing With Demons author, Chris Tomlinson writes how living with the demons of Covid-19 suddenly got a whole lot worse...

Life at the moment is a puzzle for Skiing With Demons author, Chris Tomlinson facing the real demons of Covid-19. When his ICU consultant wife becomes unwell he goes to pieces...

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The latest report from North America from sewing face masks to second home restrictions to Sundance optimistically giving an opening date of 15th May...

Ski goggles are still being donated and The North Face is giving 50 percent discounts to frontliners, Ikon is extending earlybird offers, there's virtual apres ski and FOGO is now the new FOMO...

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The regular dog's blog about two Jack Russells, the Rando Chiens, who are surviving with the Humans during the coronavirus lockdown in Serre Chevalier

Training the Humans is a work in progress. We've taught them basic obedience so they feed and stroke us on command but when chasing scents we've found you can't teach an old Human new tricks...

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Skiing With Demons author, Chris Tomlinson, is now living with the demons of Covid-19...

Dispatches from the home front in the UK where Skiing With Demons author, Chris Tomlinson is fighting for the sofa with the Labrador while his ICU consultant wife is battling on the NHS front line...

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The latest report from North America from sewing face masks to second home restrictions to Sundance optimistically giving an opening date of 15th May...

How are they coping in the mountains over the pond? After 3 weeks of lockdown there's talk of banning outdoor exercise but there's optimism keeping the stoke going #wewillskiagain...

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Locals getting a little frustrated now along with Fake News

As we enter the third week of lock-down and the Easter Holidays many who would normally welcome visitors to the valley are up in arms on Social Media as a few tourists arrive...

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The lastest ski blog from Serre Chevalier during the coronavirus lockdown in France

The world has been turned on its head these last 21 days of lockdown in France. But we're fortunate that our view of the pistes, even upside down, is still breathtaking albeit frustrating...

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The last two weeks of lockdown have seen us exploring our backyard in far more depth. In fact, we've been going back over some 70 years to plan new routes

The last two weeks of restrictions in France have seen us exploring the trails in our backyard in far more depth. In fact, we've been going back over some 70 years of mapping to plan new routes...

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Ski gear is still being worn in North America. Donations of goggles and ski gloves for protective wear are now being given to healthcare front liners...

It's an uphill struggle and we don't mean for those continuing ski touring. No we're talking about the fight against coronavirus as ski goggles and ski gloves are being given to healthcare front liners...

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How two Jack Russells, the Rando Chiens, are surviving during the coronavirus crisis lockdown in Serre Chevalier

The Humans continue to worry us. They've become obsessed with exercise. What used to be a fun walk everyday has turned into boot camp, which might not be such a bad thing for Mamma Kiki...

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We're now getting into dangerous territory when it comes to surviving lockdown in Serre Chevalier.

This should have been the last day of lockdown, instead we have at least another two weeks so route-finding is a new pastime that takes us into dangerous territory (domestically-speaking)...

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How the lockdown seems to be working here in Serre Chevalier with only a few cases or coronavirus.

In France, the PGHM are hunting ski tourers, even locals, and fining them. But, the good news we learnt, yesterday, is that there are currently only three coronavirus cases in Briancon hospital...

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The coronavirus crisis with lockdown in France from a dog's view.

It may be a crisis for humanity but for us dogs these are the best of times, with daily walks up the hill, welcoming the fresh smells of spring and giving chase to a very large sausage on short legs..

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Now getting used to the lockdown in France although starting to become a little paranoid about going shopping.

So much has happened to affect our daily lives since the start of the lockdown in France but who would have thought that two weeks later we would become almost nervous to go to the supermarket!...

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There's lockdown in North America but, in some resorts, ski tourers are still heading up and down the slopes and porch parties are the new apres.

While it's Groundhog day here in Serre Che with lockdown just extended to 15th April, check out the latest from North America, where there's still ski touring and porch parties are the new apres...

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The coronavirus is a crisis for humanity but it's a cloud with a silver lining for the planet, reducing pollution and giving nature a chance to breathe.

While noticing the silence of the roads, the lack of planes in the sky and the bees in the blossom, it's as if the planet is taking a long, deep breath of fresh air while humanity is on forced lockdown...

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Now we are facing new challenges to stay fit (and sane) as the rules of lockdown in France and the limits to exercise become even more strict..

All the normality of life with ski touring at this time of year in the mountains has now been replaced by the latest rules of lockdown and a new normality with its challenges to stay fit (and sane),...

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Today we have an even stricter lockdown in France limiting exercise to within 1km of home and for only one hour a day..

From today there is a stricter lockdown in France reducing the distance and time for going out in the fresh mountain air. The Rando Chiens, meanwhile, are oblivious and go on a wild boar chase...

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Day 6 Lockdown: Discovering the best walking routes for when we might have to go into stealth mode

Evidently later today Macron might well introduce more stringent measures to the current containment protocol, which for us seems bizarre as we are already well isolated here...

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The end is nigh for exercising if France restricts going out to 500m from home but that's the least of our worries.

As Pestilence, the First Horseman of the Apocalypse is riding the earth and the PGHM is hunting down ski tourers, we're left to run on (or lie in) the eerily empty roads and hike in the hills behind us...

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What's happening in ski resorts in Canada and the USA with lifts closed because of COVID-19.

Across the pond, the aim was for 100 days skiing in Sun Peaks for Louise Hudson, But that was in BC (British Columbia), BC (Before Coronavirus) and the shut down of the lifts across North America...

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Day 4 lockdown in France and restrictions to exercising: Now could this hike be construed as a mountain activity?

As we live at 1,400m anything we do exercise-wise could in effect be breaking the current lockdown rules set by the PGHM? So when does a walk from our apartment become a mountain hike?

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Day 3 Lockdown: When even a dog walk in Serre Chevalier can suddenly turn into a rescue service situation.

Dog walking is one activity currently allowed during lockdown in Serre Chevalier deemed unlikely to involve the rescue services. But when you have a fearless Jack Russell anything can happen...

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Day 2 Lockdown: Some still are touring, resulting in us calling the PGHM to report an incident exactly the reason why ski touring is now 'interdit'

So was a tad frustrating to see a fair number of local ski tourers climbing the pistes we can see in front of us, however we have accepted our fate, helped by the fact that I can still cycle...

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The abrupt end to skiing and ski touring is like going cold turkey. But some are taking the request not to ski tour more seriously than others in France.

There are worse places to be in lockdown. The sun is shining, the view is spectacular and we have plenty of loo paper. But it's like going cold turkey staring at the snow covered mountains...

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Is that really the end for skiing and ski touring in France for this winter 2020?

We were ski touring in Serre Chevalier when mobiles pinged with rumours that France was going into lockdown potentially within 24 hours. Was this the last tour before going into ski-hab?

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With lifts closed in Serre Chevalier following the government's decision to close 'all non-essential locations' it's time for some piste ski touring.

Why not? Walk the Rando Chiens and clear the head from last night's end-of-the-world party while enjoying the empty pistes. After all, it's not often that the dogs get to run on groomed corduroy...

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So the ski resorts suddenly grind to a halt in France with four hours notice for non-essential locations to close.

The snow ploughs were grooming the pistes in Serre Chevalier at 8pm last night as French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced that the country must 'close all non-essential locations'...

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Ski resorts remain open in France despite coronavirus pandemic crisis

How long will the French resorts remain open with the government now restricting gatherings to 100 people? The answer is a very Gallic shrug of the shoulders so keep calm and carry on skiing...

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The growing concern over coronavirus in France

With all the ski resorts closed in Italy will France be next to shut down the lifts? The fear of coronavirus is gathering momentum like a snowball down a couloir. So what happens next...?

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They may be small but they have hearts of lions. Why Jack Russells make the best powder hounds (with a lift now and again).

When the going gets tough, our ski touring Jack Russells might need a lift. Our world famous lion-hearted Rando Chiens sometimes need a dog's best friend as in a man to carry them along the traverses...

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The early bird catches the pow. Finally the Southern Alps were nuked last week with almost a metre of snow and cold temperatures providing blower pow.

If you are of a FOMO disposition do NOT read this ski blog about the storms in the Southern Alps, last week, providing four days of some of the best sidecountry powder skiing in Serre Chevalier...

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Our ski touring crew moved to Furano and finally to Sapporo experiencing a snow storm, closed lifts, more skinning, Japow and Japanese culture.

From Furano to Sapporo for the finale of our ski touring adventure in Hokkaido. With a storm blowing in and lifts closed where to go? Skinning up through the trees, of course, for boot-deep pow...

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Ticking a major box while in Japan is to ski tour up Mount Yotei, the famous volcano overlooking Niseko and make first tracks skiing down into the crater.

Stealth ski touring means choosing your moment. Our Backcountry Editor had to wait and see if the weather and snow would provide a window to ski tour up Mount Yotei and into the crater...

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Half way through our Japow odyssey, earning our turns with short but steep climbs scoring 'the best powder day of the whole season' according to our guide.

Ski tour up, Ski down in pow. Repeat. This is the ski touring way in Japan to earn your turns. It's Rule Number 5 for the legs with gnarly run outs and sitting cross-legged at restaurants...

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Our Hokkaido road trip starting from the French Alps via Niseko, Furano and Sapporo for a ski touring adventure. But would there be the essential Japow?

Our Hokkaido air and road trip took us from the French Alps via Marseilles to Niseko, Furano and Sapporo for a ski touring adventure in Hokkaido. But would there be that famous Japow?

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Are ski boots always a pain?,Not customised ski boots. Finding Dale Boots was a Hallelujah moment for Chris Tomlinson, author of Skiing With Demons.

Having suffered for years, Chris Tomlinson has discovered the Holy Grail of ski kit, comfortable ski boots. So are custom made Dale Boots the Christian Louboutins (or Loubootins) for skiers...

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Is it possible to transition from snowboarding to skiing in just 5 days? One sideways rider turns to the front - and, to snowboarders' the dark - side.

So how was our backcountry snowboarder after 5 days learning to ski? On the final day how did he cope skiing in a white out? And what is his decision. To ski or not to ski, that is the question...

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Transitioning from snowboarding to skiing in five days thanks to two hour lessons and a lot of practise, our sideways rider is now officially skiing.

Our backcountry snowboarder is on a mission to learn to ski in 5 days and carve just like Darren Turner. But lessons came to a halt after Day 3. So was that the end of Project Learn To Ski?

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Is it possible to transition from snowboarding to skiing in five days? With daily two hour lessons and a lot of practice, our sideways rider finds out.

When a backcountry snowboarder for over 30 years decides to swap one plank for two, how hard can it be? Check out how our sideways rider is on a steep learning curve and finding his way in a ski resort...

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A 10km run in January? How hard could it be? Darned hard with over 500m vertical, off piste snow, icy chemins and nearly two extra kilometres thrown in..

Another day, another challenge but this time without skis. The Serre Chevalier 10km Snow Trail was an 11.75km and 580m vertical route involving running, hiking, sliding and wading through snow...

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It's not competitive or a race especially as our group had two septuagenarians but it's a great challenge to ski 100km non-stop on the quiet pistes

At this time of the year when the pistes are empty and are in glorious condition along with no queues if you put your mind and legs to it you can cover - and log - quite a few kilometres...

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Ski touring in January when there's no fresh powder means watching the temperatures, finding the right aspects and hoping for the best.

What's the snow like for touring in the Alps at the moment. Is there still cold powder? Or even spring snow? After no fresh snow, strong wind, cold nights and sunny days, here's your answer...

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According to many in Serre Chevalier the Christmas and New Year holidays were the busiest that many had ever seen in the valley

With so many people on holiday, the only options to avoid long queues were either first lifts and then try to stay ahead of the hordes and when it was too much return to base. Or go ski touring...

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There is a massive faff factor when filming skiing with a drone say vs GoPro, but the results can be so much better, but there are rules you have to follow

There is a massive faff factor when filming skiing with a drone, DJI Spark as opposed to using, say, a GoPro, but the results can be so much better. However there are operator rules to follow...

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We wished skeezer, Adrian many happy turns yesterday, celebrating his 70th birthday with a 700m ski tour to score powder in the trees.

Over the hill at 70? Nope on the hill touring and skiing down in powder. Here's how POWS (Pensioners On Wide Skis) like Adrian, are shredding the pow and living to a ripping old age...

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With the Vallons chairlift going nowhere we ski toured up beside it and had the acres of off piste and untracked powder all to ourselves.

With ski touring kit, Serre Chevalier not open until next week, stacks of fresh snow and the sun shining, it was a 1000m hike up to Cucumelle to make first tracks in the pristine powder...

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Can you match the Atomic Hawx 120 Ultra XTD touring boot with Salomon’s ultimate S/FORCE ski for advanced on-piste skiers?

With the help of Sacha Pourreau of Intersport's Le Cheval Blanc and his tech team in Val Thorens we set out to see if a ski touring boot really could perform with a dedicated piste ski.

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Scoring the premier neige as in best powder and perfect pistes in Montgenevre and Serre Chevalier by ski touring in November before the resorts open.

How to get perfect groomed pistes to yourself and first tracks in the sidecountry powder in resorts? By stealth ski touring before the resorts open. Which also means you can take the ski touring dogs...

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The fifth ski tour and powder ski for the Style Altitude crew and it's still only mid-November...

As the low cloud lifted this morning, three sets of tracks were visible in the powder on the Bez piste. These tracks were from yesterday's ski tour when we had the fresh snow all to ourselves...

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Against all odds for powder and blue sky in mid-November, the Vallee des Fonts provided a text book perfect ski tour...

Better than any last winter or spring, it'll be hard to beat this week's ski tour for perfect powder for the entire descent, no other ski tourers and blue sky. Even the dogs, les Rando Chiens, agree...

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Already three ski tour sorties in bag,

Following on from our first ski tour of the season, the weather again closed in with snow in the valley. So we waited for the first glimpses of sunshine as per forecast and opted for the Galibier sector.

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Skiing with dogs can be a challenge. The first ski tour of the winter with powder and cold wind resulted in our Jack Russell skiing down in the backpack.

Many of our ski tours are accompanied by two very tough Jack Russells. But sometimes, as in this week's cold wind and powder, the going gets tough and so they get into the backpack...

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Just how waterproof is your jacket? The test was queuing at the entrance on the first day of the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival aka the Ski Show.

While Serre Chevalier was wowing Instagram with snow on the pistes, yesterday, the Ski & Snowboard show was immersing first day visitors in biblical rain for the ultimate waterproof jacket test...

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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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