Alpine Ski Training and consolodation
|Avalanche forecasting above Arolla|
Before I could even blink the next BMG training course was here. It was the Ski touring training based from Arolla in Switzerland so I managed to get a couple of days skiing to acclimatise before the course commenced. The week was brilliant and headed up by 3 brilliant guides Graham, Jon and Ric. It was a very chilled atmosphere and I learnt a great deal about ski guiding and it is definitely something I look forward to doing more of. We split the week into two...a 3 day hut to hut tour then and 2 day hut tour looking at all aspects of ski guiding and dealing with issues that we will come across when we guide.
|Sunshine and snow....must be the Alps|
|Skinning up towards the hut...can you see it?|
|Jon Bracey teaching crevasse rescue|
|Spot the flying pole|
After the ski course we were asked to carry on skiing to consolidate what we have learnt. I Skied in Austria for a week before heading to Chamonix to link in a bit of climbing and skiing. Lou and I climbed the North Face of Les Droites which was cool, my second time up that face. We then did a few days skiing and valley cragging getting to know some of the local areas for the coming seasons.
|Lou leading on Leguard Direct on Les Droites|
|My office one day..|
|Lou showing me how to look cool|
|Taking layers off after some whiteout skiing|
|Great day on the Valley Blanche|
|Skiing down into Italy|
|Back on the Valley Blanche|