This year after a long summer in Patagonia with nice climbing days, arrived to Europe by the end of march to start the spring backcountry ski touring season in the Northern Hemisphere with our classic “Skiing and Sailing the Norwegian Fjords” , conditions were good in terms of snow, weather was quite friendly and let us access some nice summits during the week. As always the beauty of the boat, the good food and the powder made the week good. We had to be careful since was a buried faceted weak layer from mid february, so most of the routes were conservative accessing to nice peaks of around 1200 meters from the ocean. Endless peaks to climb, endless fjords. This place have been very good in the last few years since Tromso area and Lyngen Alps are very crowded with boats and new lodges. So we could find some nice pristine areas. White Wonderland 🙂
After that, flew straight to Chamonix for one of the best parts of the year, April in the Alps. We got two huge storms that made those first two weeks of April very unique. The first two weeks were dedicated to do some classics and introduction to steep skiing, rappel skiing and all those things that Chamonix has to offer. You can explore the pictures in our Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/andescross/?hl=en).
Many laughs, some party and all what Chamonix has to offer. We skied some of the classics as Breche Puiseux, Col de Passon, Epoule de Entreve, Col de Cristaux, Pointe Ronde and other beauties in the area of Aiguilles Rouge.
After this had a week in Iceland, in the Troll Peninsula, were conditions were way too dry compared to past seasons, but Iceland has charm itself so the good snow is an add up to an already good menu. Nice summits, nice tours in between Olafsjordour area and the North of the Peninsula. The solitude, the big spaces of Iceland is what attract me the most. I ll post some pics below so you can see…..
Then back to the Alps and finalized the season with a good tour of three days in Saas Fee near Zermatt area. We used Brittania Hut as a base and climbed two nice and easy 4000 meters peaks, akldrjakjf;ajaHORN and klsdjf;aljl;dajla;HOrn (:-) descending below the Alpubhel glacier in a beautiful 2000 meters descent through the glacier with mostly perfect spring snow… one of those days to remember!!!
Short and easy resumed two months and 45 days of ski guiding in Europe.
Now is end of May and we are almost fully booked for the Patagonian Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
We still have some spots left for 2019 for:
Volcanos Ski Tours in Chile, Hut to Hut in Patagonia, Some day trips out of Bariloche and El Chalten (we recommend September for this). So feel welcome to explore Patagonian snow Adventures in August and September with us! _ Best time to visit.
Hope to see you guys in Patagonia, Argentina this year 2019 and in 2020 in Europe again!! If you made it to here… Thanks for reading…time for a bike ride and then a cold beer maybe 🙂