The Skier's Haute Route: What's It All About?

The Skier's Haute Route: What's It All About?

The Haute Route is the most famous ski tour in the Alps. It is an amazing journey linking the historic Alpine towns of Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland. There are many variations, giving different options in terms of difficulty and length. The Verbier Haute Route gives better skiing, is less technical and is slightly shorter than the classic Haute Route. It gives the option of missing out the section from Chamonix to Verbier, which currently involves longer days as the Grands Montets lift in Argentiere is closed following a fire last year.

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Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets

Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets

Even though people are capable of making decisions in a thorough and methodical way, it appears that most of the time they don't. A growing body of research suggests that people unconsciously use simple rules of thumb or heuristics to navigate the routine complexities of modem life.” In our homes and work places that may not be a problem, but when we take that mindset out into the mountains where the variables can change so quickly, we can find ourselves in serious trouble. 

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Skiing in Chamonix and La Grave, February 2018

Skiing in Chamonix and La Grave, February 2018

One of the biggest perks of my job is spending time in amazing places with great people. Here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks, from Chamonix and La Grave - two of my favourite places for off piste skiing. Getting away from the crowds is one of the attractions of off-piste skiing and ski touring, and you'll see that with the exception of the Vallée Blanche photos, it is just us and vast areas of pristine white snow.

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