Ski Touring

Great Winter Photos

I’ve just found some fabulous photos of a ski touring trip up into the Marcadau and Oulettes valleys above Cauterets.  They are on the blog of Philippe Quaglia, which is found here. Mandy’s Marcadau hut trip up to Refuge Wallon and

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Highlights Winter 2013

Pyrenean Mountain Tours / Pyrenean Odysseys ski touring partnership The end of our first season offering and managing Pyrenean Mountain Tours ski touring program has arrived, even if there is still plenty of snow out there to be skiing on! We

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Out before the lifts open

It’s been snowing heavily over the last fortnight out here in the Pyrenees. The ski stations in the valley are due to open this Saturday, the 30th November. Still only a few days away, but some people just can’t wait that

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Autumn falls, first snows

Wake early. Throw back the shutters. Lying in bed watching the snowflakes softly tumble from the slate grey sky. No secret what it all means. I’ve heard the storks overhead in the night, flying south to sunnier climbs. I’ve felt the

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Out and about Jan-Feb 2014

Taking in the best the Pyrenees has to offer, Richard has been out and about in January and early Feb. Good avalanche safety session yesterday comparing the abilities of a variety of different ARVAs from the 20 yr old Ortovox to

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European Snow Forecast

Will it snow this winter?? If climatologists and meteorologists could predict the harshness of the winter season with any accuracy airlines, hydropower plants, fuel suppliers, road maintenance teams, and us, the general public, would all save a great deal of time

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Apocalyptic Snow Feb 2015

Crazy snow conditions early Feb 2015 For those of you who didn’t follow the whole episode intently on social media here is a taste of the madness. From James Connaughton, intrepid Aussie photographer in the valley, came the first lot of

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Winter Newsletter 2015

Why March is perfect for snowshoeing and ski touring Inspired by a question from a South Australian client about whether March was too late in the season for snowshoeing I thought I’d give an idea about why March is actually a

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Taking advantage of the snow

Introduction to Ski Touring Feb 2015 Two clients and a guide. The perfect way to start or restart your ski touring / ski mountaineering exploits. Add to that sunny weather and some very good snow. Wonderful.  

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Winter Newsletter 2016

Winter forecast, avalanche science and neurotransmitters at altitude It seems pertinent to be writing about the 2016 winter forecast during COP21 in Paris. Here’s hoping some sensible, and radical, propositions can be agreed upon so our ski fields survive into the

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