Wednesday, 22 December 2010

More Skiing Photos

Amazing Welsh Skiing!!!

What an amazing day!! Bryn, greg and myself skinned up from Deiniolen up on to Elidir Fawr through perfect fresh snow (greg walked as he's a boarder!) We then had a short run down the other side to test the snow which was over the knee powder! So we put the skins back on a hiked to the tope of Foel Goch and had an awesome run down into the valley followed by a wade out to Nant peris. The skiing was simply awesome - better than Chamonix last week. I'm a bit sore now after a good tumble on the descent... no pain no gain! We definately earned our turns today!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Chamonix ski fun

I'm just back from 8 awesome days out in Chamonix with friend Bryn of Mountain Leader Training Wales. It was my first time skiing in the Chamonix valley and I was blown away by the terrain and scenery. We were slightly limited it what we could do as the snow wasn't in great condition for high level tours and not all the lifts had opened yet. We got loads of off piste action on the Grands Montets and hunted around for nice powder in the woods. Great fun especially when I remembered how to ski and stopped falling over! We also had a great skin up to the Col de Balme at the top of Le Tour ski area. We got to the col just as the sun started to dissapear behind the mountains and set on Mount Blanc - awesome. What had tacken us nearly 3hrs to skin up took 5 minutes to descend! I'll definately be back for more action!!

View to Mount Blanc from the slopes of Courmayeur

Preparing for the descent from Col de Balme

Off piste action on the Grands Montets

Posing at Le Tour

An afternoon skin at Le Tour

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Back to a very snowy Snowdonia

I finally made it back from Chamonix after an epic drive. Still had time to get out for a bit of welsh skiing this afternoon! Awesome powder here but didn't have time to get into the hills so I just skinned up from the house up toward Marchlyn reservoir and had a gentle run down in the late afternoon sun.

I'll put some photos and video from Chamonix up in the next couple of days.