Thursday, February 22, 2007

Introduction to ski touring

Peter Collins and his two daughters Alice and Lucy and Alison Redesky and her daughter Daisey and her son Oscar came ski touring. On our first day went through avalanche training using bleepers and search procedures. We also learned how to use the skins and the rest of the associated equipment.
The next day we went on the "col du crochue" ski tour behind La Flegere.
Our plan for the final two days was to spend the night in a mountain hut: We drove through to Le Chable where we picked up a helicopter [unbeknown to the girls] and got dropped on the Rosablanche behind Verbier. We then skied the North Face before getting some of the best untracked snow of the season. In the afternoon we climbed up to the "Pantalon Blanc Bivouac Hut" which is situated at the top of a mountain at 3180 meters. We were the first group to visit it this year.
The next day we skied out of the hut before climbing over a couple of cols and skiing down to Haute Nendaz. We then traveled through the Verbier lift system back to the car.

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