17 March 2019, West Oberland Ski Touring Weekend & Courmayeur Off Piste

Both our intro & intermediate weekend ski touring courses had a superb time in the Swiss West Oberland with good weather and impressive amounts of fresh snow after the big storms on Thursday / Friday last week.  There had been a lot of avalanche activity both during the storm and in the warm period afterwards and there was plenty of evidence of spontaneous slab avalanches and some big cornices in evidence also.

Heading towards the summit of the Lammerenhorn with the Rinderhorn and Bietschorn beyond.

On Saturday our teams toured up both the Steghorn 3146 and the Lammerenhorn 2806m with some nice windblown snow on the descent albeit with plenty of scoured and hard slopes higher on the higher and glaciated Steghorn.

Nice fresh tracks in a shallow layer of soft windblown snow on the West Face of the Lammerenhorn. March 2019

Today the weather was a bit cloudier and a lot windier but still fine for enjoying the touring with teams / tracks heading out to the Wildstrubel, Mittelgipfel, Roter Totz, Dobenhorn & Schwarzhorn among others.

Our Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend Team after a windy transition at the Rote Totz Lucke, 2800m

Coming back west from the Rhone Valley the rain arrived on the Col de la Forclaz and there is another 10+cms of snow due for the Mont Blanc Massif.  Over in Courmayeur today Robin skied with team Howarth and enjoyed some great snow in the Vallon des Vesses heading down in to the Val Veny from the top Arp station via the Col de Youla.  There was also some good fresh tracks in the Vallée Blanche although there have been numerous avalanches there also after the storm including some serac collapses near the traverse across to the Requin Hut.

Skiing in to the Val Veny from the top Arp lift station at Courmayeur. Good conditions in mid March 2019. Photo – Robin Beadle. 

We have some remaining places on forthcoming group ski touring days and courses….

The brilliant views over Leukerbad, Rhone Valley and Southern Valais from our great base camp at the Gemmi Pass Hotel