I haven’t been writing any short stories about the things I’ve been doing in the mountains. I don’t really know why, because I’ve had the spare time. I might have just run out of different ways to say “and then we skied some more nipple-deep powder”. It’s actually fairly hard to write anything interesting about having fun, it’s much easier to write about the experiences when you are cold, hungry, exhausted, terrified…
Anyway. After a depressingly-dry start to the season here in Chamonix, winter finally began somewhere in the middle of January, and since then we’ve had regular and generous top-ups of fresh snow. I’ve mostly just been touring in the woods with my dog and enjoying a bit of storm touring, but I’ve managed to throw some bigger objectives into the mix as well, including a few new descents.
Now, with each new snowfall, the couloirs up high have started filling in and the holes in the glaciers are covering over. I hate to jinx it by saying it out loud, but peak touring season looks to be shaping up rather nicely, so let’s all cross our fingers and toes for favourable conditions.
Here are some pictures from the season so far.
Faceshots on a forest tour with Baldric and Mikael Abrahamsson
A dawn raid up Mont Buet with Georgie Fitzgerald
As I was stepping into my snowshoes at the bottom of the path into the woods, waterskis strapped to my backpack, a group of American girls came over to talk. “Do you know our friend?” one of them asked, pressing a Shane McConkey sticker into my hand.
Skinning up to the Col du Passon with Stuart Macdonald
Dan Fitzgerald breaking trail to the Col du Belvedere
Dan Fitzgerald destroying a blank canvas on the Glacier du Chardonnet
Dan Fitzgerald in the central couloir, Glacier du Chardonnet On the way to the Col des Cristeaux with Mark Sears, Alex Collins, and Mattias Mattisson
Opening the Chapeau Couloir with Nick Draper
Storm touring in the moyenne-montagne with Nick Draper
Dan Fitzgerald opening up the Gros Rognon on a perfect Midi powder day
A thousand thanks to everyone in these pictures, either in front of or behind the camera, and thank you for sharing your ski days with me. Here’s hoping for some more great skiing in the second half of the season.