Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Recipe for the best skiing on the Planet

You need four highly motivated members of the Gibou Club Peter Folkman, David Freud, Peter Ward and Ian Ansell. You need a helicopter provided by Air Glacier and a support driver Roy.
Then you need good weather and fresh snow.
We had a warm up day skiing exceptional snow off the back of Combloux then we started the heliskiing with a drop on the Trient Plateau and skied all the way down the Combe Orny to Orsieres. 2280 vertical meters in powder all the way to the waiting helicopter. We did it again and took an even better line than the first time.
Next day we skied from the summit of the Petit Combin down the north east face [Les Follats] to meet Roy and the mini bus. In the after noon we flew to Pigne d'arrolla and skied past the Vignettes Refuge to the village of Arolla .
Day 3 We had two flights to the Pigne. On the second we managed to fiddle our way into the Tsijore Nouve one of the most sought after ski descents in the Alps. It was in exceptional condition.
On our final day we did it again although not before two failed attempts to land due to mist and high wind. Air Glacier even drove the fuel tanker from Sion so that the Lama could fly on very little fuel and save weight.
For our last run we flew back to the plateau du Trient and then skied into the village of Trient where Roy was again there to meet uswith the mini bus

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Wonderful Weather

Maighread Condon Simmons and I spent a week skiing together in perfect conditions. On one special day we were joined by Walter for his first big ski tour.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Gibou at the Bobbie Burns

Photos from the Bobbie Burns Lodge have started to arrive at our house. The best came from Will Pedder who recorded the first ever Gibou [Head Plant] Click on the link to see the You Tube clip.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

It Takes real skill to find snow like this

Anyone can ski powder. It takes real skill to ski snow like this. This snow was found at the bottom of a gulley behind Le Tour heading down to the hamlet of Treint.
Mind you Stephen Yeates, Mike Woolford and John Donner did actually find some good descents. We spent a day skiing off the back of Combloux, a day skiing the back of Le Tour. On our final day we started at Les Grands Montets skiing off the top. However the snow was not good due to too much wind. So we went back to Le Tour where the snow was [mostly] good.

Monday, February 02, 2009

If skiing is better than this then I don't know what it would look like

Jane & I are just back from 6 days Helicopter skiing with Canadian Mountain Holidays CMH at the Bobbie Burns Lodge. We were part of the Gibou Helicopter ski group lead by Peter Folkman. Other great friends were there such as Charles Sherwood and many more.
To start the weather was very cold -30. The skiing was merely fantastic. By the end of the week it had warmed up and snowed. If skiing could be any better then as Charles said I don't know what it would look like.