Season Review, 2016-17

With Winter fast approaching, here’s a quick review of the highlights from last season.

Carneddau, Snowdonia.

My winter kicked off with November ski touring in Snowdonia which gave some of the best snow of the season.  I hooked up with Emma and Kuba, hiking up to the snow line from the A5 and skinning up to the ridge east of Carnedd Dafydd.


Tignes, Early season

A week later I was in Tignes for some early season skiing.  Snow had been late coming but piste skiing was pretty good. The last day saw us doing a short tour that amazingly served up some fresh tracks.  Credit to Floss at for insider info 🙂

^^^ Joe scoring some pow pow. But wait, something is missing... ;)

Gressoney, Monte Rosa.

A highlight for the season was a road trip taking in a weeks off piste skiing in Gressoney and a weeks steep skiing in the Vanoise. Snow was falling as we drive into Gressoney but high winds didn’t help our search for powder.

^^ On the ridge before dropping in to 200m of pow and 1500m of breakable crust.

Vanoise Steep Skiing.

Week 2 of the road trip saw us pitch up in the Three Valleys with Simon Christy of for his Steep Vanoise week. Good lines from excellent Guides. Recommended.

^^ Jack on the North Face of the Bellcote


The start of April was back in Chamonix for some more exams and CPD where I finally got around to finishing the last module required for the ISIA qualification.  The week was Teaching focused which was a nice refresher on work already covered in other systems.

^^ Looking down on to the glacier from the midi.

Back to Snowdonia to finish.

Fittingly my last turns on snow were back in Snowdonia in late April.  The forecast had been hinting at snow for about 10 days and sure enough a small window in the weather appeared and the hills were white. It’s fair to say there was more walking than skiing but a great day to finish a great season.

Footage of the day shot by myself and Mark of Snowdonia Adventures plus Mikes photos and video.

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