This year’s ski touring season got off to a cracking start with a group of tough cookies in the Ortler region. Our arrival was preceded by a significant snowfall, followed by truly fierce winds, which made for some interesting and truly “variable” snow conditions. Fortunately it was a group of strong and experienced back country skiers, so the skills were there to deal with what the mountain dished out.
More photos (33 more) from this week can be found on our website here.
Our first day was so fun, we had to do it again. The Tête Rouge is a small peak, some 2800 meters or so, not far from, and a bit to the east of, the Grand Saint Bernard pass. It lies on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The fine north-facing descent from the summit ridge is a great day outing.
What a fantastic way to start this season’s winter fun. A perfect day. More pics below the fold.
Our last Haute Route of this ski season was the Bourg-St-Pierre/ Plateau du Couloir variation, with Mont Vélan thrown in for good measure. For this trip we were joined by brothers Larry and Mike Sokolsky, their buddy Roy Tsugawa, as well as Amy Caddell of Vermont, and Shaun Guyton of New Zealand.
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