Days off skiing the Toula glacier on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. We get fresh tracks from top to bottom. Here’s a short video showing the descent. Read More
Chris finds the goods again on this weeks Backcountry intro course. An awesome ski tour today to the classic La Flegere Backcountry.
Avalanche forecast: Here’s a link to the Chamonix avalanche forecast produced by Meteo France. It’s in French but has some good graphics to get the message across. This avalanche forecast is also posted around the Chamonix valley at all of the main lift stations. A great tip: Look at the avalanche risk on the danger scale and see how it links up to the specific hazards. Example. (very simplified) Avalanche danger … Read More
Finally we have some snow forecast to kick off the season 2014 ski season. We have 30cm to 60cm in the forecast over the next couple of days. We spent the weekend looking at the snow on our avalanche safety L1 course and it will be interesting to see how we go from an avalanche safety point of view. There is certainly a fair amount of re-crystalised and surface hoar … Read More
Avalanche danger scale
Take more than just a ‘colour’ or ‘number’ with you when heading off-piste or into the backcountry. Find out what the specific dangers are for that day and the area you plan to ski. Where and what are the hazards and are they specific to certain terrain features, elevation, aspect or slope angle?
Mark Austin recently qualified Kiwi mountain guide and Tinderbox team member Chris Fecher head out in search of fresh snow and adventure.
We love laying that first track through the powder snow, because we know what it means when we get to the top of the climb. First tracks! Laying the first track usually also means that the hoards will not be to far behind, especcially… Read More
Olly and I managed to sneek in a mornings skiing together a couple of weeks ago, and had a blast on the Grands Montets. With fresh snow around and lovely cold temps we headed up for a few runs. I’d intended on doing something a little diffrent and wondered if the Belvedere cable might be worth a look. We headed up to the top of the GM and started to walk up towards the veiwing platform… Read More
If you’ve ever fancied trying ski touring, Chamonix is the place to start. Rewarded by epic backdrops in every direction it’s worth it for the view alone. Getting away from it all is of course another good reason as well as the mental and physical challenge. The sense of adventure and the rewards of a full days ski touring, all quickly out weigh any physical aspect.
The… Read More
Check out our 3-day introduction to ski touring course.
Our next course will be held the weekend if the 3rd 4th and 5th of March with Chris Fecher K2/Mountain Hardwear pro freeskier and founder of Tinderbox ski school.
Experience one of the most rewarding aspects of off-piste skiing and learn the… Read More
January Off-piste week Chamonix
A family from NZ joined us in Chamonix for six days of adventure ski touring and lift accessed off-piste skiing. During the six days we skied at La Tour where we found some great old powder skiing in the lesser known spots off the back. Day two was spent ski touring on the classic Col des crouches – Breche de l’aiguille de Berard traverse. Day three… Read More