Preseason Powder Hunting

With the first snowfall of the season kicking things off in mid November its been a crazy busy period searching for powder stashes. The stable snow conditions have allowed me to go and explore some new areas and revisit some that were long forgotten years ago. The biggest challenge has been finding motivated partners and I’ve already racked up 50K vertical touring metres this autumn and 162 ski days for the year. Luckily I have a few trusted partners available on different days so I’m not always on my own. The highlight was finding 3 couloirs that don’t feature in any of my guidebooks which were filled with primo pow. I’ve also spotted a couple of cool lines which should be good to go once we get some more snow.
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The Italian Job

This week we have been camped out in Italy and skied about 40000 m of vertical in incredible terrain. These are the days I dream about all year, skiing with friends, untracked powder, no one around and the just doing lap after lap. I also had the pleasure and honour of skiing with Italian big mountain ski legends Luca Rolli and Davide Capozzi.

My 5 days riding abruptly came to an end when my ski pre-released and launched off a the cliff under the cables and landing on a ledge.


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Pelerins Descent

Last week saw a probably 1st descent of the Pelerins normal climbing route by the Italian Snowhow team of Davide Capozzi, Julien Henry and Luca Rolli. I’m sure there are very mixed opinions of such a line out there. More photos here: voie normalPelerins descent