There's not much powder to be had sidecountry any more so it's a question of where to go touring bearing in mind that all the obvious places will have been tracked?
Basic requirement is north facing slopes. And somewhere away from the main roads.
We headed to Nevache to a place where we've ski toured before but that's all I'm going to say because it's so off the beaten ski touring track that absolutely no one was there. And the powder untouched. So we'd like it to stay that way!
It's a long skin to a certain summer village around 500m up but with the sun out and the Rando Chiens sniffing out wild life it was a very pleasant hour and forty minutes.
We stopped at the village for a snack and to mess around touring and 'skiing' on the snow laden roofs before climbing another 400m through the trees.
So it was quite a hike but the snow was sublime! Cold powder and completely untracked. And the trees are perfectly spaced. Only hazard is a line of cliffs with one of two gullies to find for the way down.
A total of 12.7km and 908m vertical. The Rando Chiens slept well last night.
Search the Site
MOUNTAIN VIEWS: Weather Reports & Webcam
Views from the mountain WebCam along with weather reports and conditions...more
A MILLENNIAL VIEW OF THE FUTURE. What happens when the Baby Boomers can no longer ski or snowboard? Will the ski slopes be empty as the next generations, led by the Millennials migrate to warmer - and cheaper - holiday destinations? Angus Rosier, 28, looks at why it's a slippery slope for ski resorts...more
ANOTHER SHOT AT LIFE. Photographer, Sam Giffin, now the 'safety guy' or 'scared guy' in the film crew for Kodak Courage, talks to us about pushing the limits of skiing and snowboarding for the sake of the getting THE shot...more
7 FIXES FOR SKI FITNESS. When you go skiing or snowboarding you want to hit the ground running / riding that is, not be out of breath after the first black run with aching quads after the first mogul. Here's how to step up and fix your fitness for the mountains including boredom-busting exercises and fitness techniques that cost only a few minutes of your time...more
Getting ready for our trip to the Luzhba Skitouring Lodge for an early season skiing trip to Siberia Russia and it's decisions decisions as to what to take as temperatures can be as low as minus 25...more
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?more