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What are you doing for Easter 2012? How about preparing your ski legs for this Italian Ski Mountaineering Safari....

Our 3 day Ski Valle d'Aoste journey culminates with an ascent of the Gran Paradiso, at 4061m the highest peak entirely within Italy.

Here is an extract from the course intro:

"An action packed 3 day course designed for ski mountaineers who want to sample... more>

Our 2012 Chamonix based ski programme is now online and offers a superb variety of ski options throughout the winter season. Starting with Chamonix off-piste ski guiding in early January through to the cosmopolitan 'S... more>

Information, dates and prices are now available for our spring 2012 Ski Mont Blanc courses. Check the link below to get a feel for what is involved in Skiing Mont Blanc and whether it is something you would like to try. It's not a ski mountaineering expedition for the faint hearted but is one of the biggest, most rewarding classic days on Skis in the Western Alps.

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At about 1030 this morning the first of two major chunks of granite detached from what appeared to be the existing rock scar on the West Face of the Petit Drus, the iconic mountain towering above the Montenvers Railway station and Chamonix Valley.

Over the next hour or so the mushrooming dust cloud thinned out spreading a fine coating of granite dust over the Mer de Glace and the Le Pr... more>

High Mountain Guides has teamed up with 'Off-Piste Performance' to bring you an action packed 5 day ski training course based in the off-piste mecca of Chamonix. Aimed at giving you expert advice and coaching in all aspects of mountain skiing the course will combine personal off-piste ski coaching with guidance on safe travel techniques in both avalanche and glacial terrain.

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14th August, Showery in the Aiguilles Rouges - but still great climbing

As has been the case a lot this summer the weather forecast was wrong on the timings today and it was raining hard whilst we were taking the first lift up the Index chairlift! Diverting from a longer day on the Belvedere we stopped instead at the fine looking 'Tour... more>

Please use this page to follow, and add to, alpine mountaineering conditions reports for the summer 2011 season. To add a conditions post please go to the base of the page and click the 'New Comment' button.

14th August, Matterhorn North Face Guided

Mat Helliker and Steve Potter are just down from climbing the North Face of the M... more>

After two fine ski ascents of Mont Blanc in April and May the summer season kicked off in earnest during the first week of June. Heavy afternoon thunder storms had left fresh snow down to the Tette Rousse at 3167m and a determined approach was required yesterday morning to set off in further cloudy and snowy weather to maximise the forecast improving period of weather.

The arrival at t... more>

The BMG is pleased to announce a new sponsorship deal with Arc'teryx, manufacturer of extremely high quality outdoor clothing. The initial 3 year deal includes Arc'teryx providing a full set of waterproof clothing for new BMG trainees and sponsoring some of the Guides training courses. More details are available on the BMG news page.


Whilst most folk have long since packed their skis away for the season and turned thoughts to sunny rock climbing, the high mountains of the Alps continue to provide some superb quality ski mountaineering and some great powder turns. At C.4000m on the north side of the Dufourspitze we encountered around 40cms of pristine fresh powder snow and whilst we did not make it to the summit we had so... more>