Resuming the European Backcountry Ski Touring season

ski mountaineering in the alps

Left home Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina in early March in the middle of the summer to radically cross the entire Planet for a week of guiding work in probably the most far place from home: Kamchatka, Russia. Maybe a bit crazy to do this long diagonal across the World.  For sure was worth it, met with few colleagues friends that I only see them once a year in the other side of the world: Antarctica. Now days, this sounds normal, just few planes and you connect all the World…. I still surprised of this crazyness! More about all Kamchatka trip is here.

Then, the week later, met with old friends clients  in Lofoten Islands, Norway. Was a very good week, cold and good powder for sure. Conditions were a bit risky due an old PWL (persistent weak layer) that was affecting all the area of Lofoten, Narvik, Abisko and upper north towards Lyngen Alps as well(Sweden and Norway) , so we had to go stepping on “eggshells” and ski conservative 20/ 25 degrees slopes. Sometimes looks like the #guidelife is always fun, but there is a lot , a lot of responsability involved of taking care of guests. Also the stress to leave home, beloved ones and be away all the time. Is what we choose it! But is a lot of work, energy and risk management.

Then came a good month in Chamonix area, we did Haute route with a cool strong team, weather was almost very good until the last few days that we couldnt cross from Vignette to Zermatt, since weather was terrible. Check video in the media gallery.

And to finish this nice trip, I had a two good weeks in the Berner Oberland above Interlaken area, where the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau step up to show their beauty. For me is one of my favourite areas for ski touring in the Alps, since is a bit less crowded of Chamonix and the mountains are jewells for ski mountaineering, most of them touching the 4000 meters. Swiss huts are big, clean , open… .but yes a lot of rösti and early 5 am mornings. So you have to like this 🙂

Well enough words… leave you here some nice pictures!

Now check our calendar with upcoming trips to Argentina, Chile, Antarctica and Norway again (late march 2019)

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