Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits Course

Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits Course

Hannah Vickers, May 2018
Really glad that we did have those early starts though since the easier days when we started later were actually pretty hard work under that mid morning/midday sun. Now I have an idea of how strong the sun is here in May I will never object to early starts again!
It was a great week, even though the weather went a bit mixed towards the end and we couldn’t do either the Dom or the Dufourspitze, but I am pretty used to having to switch plans to work around the weather, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected! I really enjoyed the booting up/down the Tour Ronde anyway, so it was a nice finish.  Thanks again for the hard work trail breaking and trip planning both in advance and during the week.
Late Spring Ski Descent Of Mont Buet, Great ski mountaineering conditions in mid May 2018
Keep me up to date if you get any more enquiries from other people wanting to do something similar!  Any takers for some more spring ski mountaineering summits next year – Ski Bernese Oberland perhaps!?
Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In Chamonix

Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In Chamonix

Caroline & Tove, Chamonix Mountaineering & Mountain Walking, May 2018

First, thank you thank you so much for taking the brief to help me prepare to climb Mt Toubkal and for arranging such a great weekend! Thank you for all the research and planning that went into the two days before we arrived to provide an experience of altitude and an ascent. We really appreciated the early morning debrief in a café and time to sort out the kit before we started each day.  The clear professionalism of your approach and ability to adapt to the changing weather conditions engendered great confidence. I am now back at my desk and reflecting on what we have done. The two days were so different – I find it hard to believe I have trekked at altitude across a glacier in awe inspiring conditions and experienced the rockier pathways above the tree line. I now have a real sense of what to expect and how to manage myself.  It has been a hugely exciting and very memorable two days!

Chamonix Mountaineering Training Course
Mountaineering From The Skyway Monte Bianco Lift As Part Of A Toubkal Training Weekend

Many thanks again for such a fantastic weekend and I would love to do more again.

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Alex Cooper, Classic Course In Chamonix, March 2018

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for what we now refer to as our ‘second best week skiing ever’ (the best week will always be the first week we learnt to ski!) We took some convincing to sign up as we weren’t sure about spending so much on a week of lessons but I’m so glad Fran convinced us as the course has given us so much new knowledge and skills that our ski holidays from now on are going to be completely different.

On the Saturday after the course we skied together and had a chance to put our route finding skills into practice. It was fantastic to be able to assess the conditions, look for the best snow and consider the safety of the bit of off piste we were looking at doing. To top it off we skied it with a new found style and confidence. I don’t have any constructive feedback as I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Hope to see you both again on another course maybe…

Off Piste & Mountain Skills Team Touring Above The Val Veny, Courmayeur, March 2018
Scottish Highlands Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Scottish Highlands Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Carlo Stocchetti, Fort William Mont Blanc Training, April 2018
Just wanted to say that the weekend lived up to all expectations. The location And scenery was stunning especially on Saturday on  Ben Nevis. Sunday on Stob Ban was  completely opposite with the wet weather but contributed to giving a real experience of the highlands and how quickly it can change.
Jonathan was great company and his experience and guidance were welcomed and added to the overall training, please pass on my appreciation. Loving the work on the snow with the crampons and the scrambling and rope work.
I have come back with a taste for more and will spend the next week considering plans for the future to continue my mountaineering journey, perhaps a trip in the Alps will be next. I will let you know when I have made a decision.  Finally thank you for the well organised trip from start to finish you have been always there to answer questions which helped with my planning and preparation.
Mont Blanc Training Weekned
Superb mountaineering position approaching the Carn Mor Dearg Arete On Ben Nevis
Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West Oberland

Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West Oberland

Hetty & Tom, Ski Mountaineering Week In The Swiss / Italian & French Alps, April 2018
Thanks again for a truly incredible week – it’s safe to say we are still both buzzing! Saturday night and Sunday morning were spent eating the majority of the patisserie in Chamonix whilst trying to fully absorb and recount everything we learnt over the course of the week.  I’ve just downloaded the photos – they are brilliant and an amazing momentum of the week. Thank you so much.
Although very briefly disappointed to not be going for Plan A due to sentimental reasons, your forewarning, honestly and knowledge (and general weather guru-ness!) made sure that there was never a moment I doubted we were going to have an amazing week. The variation of each day and skiing was superb and I think we both felt you pushed us the perfect amount. For me, the Balmhorn was a particular highlight – although I loved it all! On top of this was the amount we learnt – in a way not being able to go ahead with the original agenda taught us far more about how to plan, gather information and safely continue on our adventures. I have no doubt this will be invaluable for the future.
I’ll make sure we stay in touch, both Tom and I feel there is a lot more we would like to learn in the future and we’d be keen for more alpine and ski mountaineering adventures! In the meantime, I hope you finally get to enjoy some spring conditions!
Hetty and Tom entering the fine steep couloir ski descent from just above the Lammeren Hut to Lammerenalp, April 2018
Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route Training

Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route Training

Jen Kingwill, Intro & Intermediate Ski Touring & Haute Route Training, Jan-March 2018

Rob and high mountain guides played an instrumental part in my planning for skiing the Haute Route this year. I had not done any ski touring prior to this year, so the Haute Route was always going to be a challenge, therefor it was very important to me to get in as much training and familiarity as possible. Early on in our communication, Rob and I planned a couple of courses to make sure I’d get in enough training for the Haute route, from an intro weekend, to a 5 day intro week with an overnight in an mountain hut night and high mountain touring. I also wanted to focus on mountaineering as it features fairly regularly on the haute route, so Rob and I planned an additional weekend practicing mountaineering skills, which I was very grateful for, even though the weather was a complete white out. We were rewarded with a fun powder day in Italy on the last day though. 🙂

Rob’s communication, planning and attention to detail is second to none and my time with High Mountain Guides during this winter was invaluable. I’ m already looking at booking more courses with them for next year and I’ve definitely been bitten by the ski touring bug.

Jen descending the Aiguille du Midi snow ridge as part of crampon and mountaineering training for the Haute Route in April 2018
Chamonix Spring Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Weekend

Chamonix Spring Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Weekend

Austin Barham
Rob,
Just returned home from Chamonix. Great weekend with Gav – mountaineering and rock climbing. I enjoyed every minute.
Thanks and regards
Austin.
(Austin’s 7th weekend alpine mountaineering and rock climbing with us in Chamonix & Snowdonia
Chamonix Mountaineering Guide
Austin enjoying quiet and wintery conditions on the Cosmiques Arete in mid April 2018. Photo Gav Pike
Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend

Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend

Tom and Rowan, March 2018

 

We finally arrived home late last night after a brilliant few days of
skiing in Chamonix. We felt incredibly lucky to have managed a brief
trip to the mountains and some excellent time exploring the
backcountry with you.

The two days contained just the right combination of travel, ascent, skiing and adventure for us.

Thank you Miles for such a fantastic time, and thank you Rob for your help in organising it all.

Chamonix Ski Guiding
Tom & Rowan ski touring in late winter above the Chamonix Valley.
Chamonix & Val d’Aosta Ski Mountaineering

Chamonix & Val d’Aosta Ski Mountaineering

Simon Evans, Chris & Ian, March 2018
Dear Rob and Tim, just a brief email to thank you both for the guiding last week.
Whilst the conditions conspired against high mountain adventures, you both provided a really well tailored set of experiences that were great fun, safe but adventurous where possible and very educational. I know Ian and Chris both enjoyed the two days together we had together with Tim and I certainly enjoyed my two days before that with both of you.
Many thanks indeed for your time and efforts in putting this together, it is really appreciated.  Best wishes, Simon
Courmayeur Ski Guide
Simon enjoying the deep powder in Courmayeur, great skiing and conditions in mid March 2018
Chamonix Ski Haute Route Training

Chamonix Ski Haute Route Training

Jen Kingwill, Jan, Feb & March 2018

Thanks again for a great couple of days. Enjoyed both days and felt I learnt a lot – especially on the first day( even with me having my altitude moment 😉) and yesterday’s skiing was a lot of fun! thanks again for organising all the other trips too – it’s been invaluable!

Hope the rest of the season goes well for you. Jen

Haute Route Ski Training Weekend
Chamonix Aiguille du Midi snow ridge ascent
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring Course

Alastair, Classic Course Feb 2018

Hi Rob / Alison,

Thanks you so much for your fabulous photos, AND more importantly your great tuition/guiding during the week.  I enjoyed the course and thankfully have another week in Val Thorens in a couple of weeks to further practice my technique / mountain awareness.
Thanks for everything and hope too see you again someday.
Ski Touring Course Chamonix
Chamonix off piste & ski mountain skills course on intro touring journey for fresh tracks, just over the Swiss border at the Eastern End of the Chamonix Valley
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills

Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills

Karen Tikenburg, Classic Course, Feb 2018

Pleasure to receive your email and the photos. Really good photos there, thank you for taking the effort and time to take them.  I really enjoyed the course and I think our team really had a good atmosphere, I felt if in need people would look after me and that is a good feeling when you are in the mountains. Many thanks to both you and Alison for creating that special and fun atmosphere,  I learned a lot, got to the places where I never imagined being and I am very happy I could be part of it. It really was a pleasure and an unique experience.  Ski touring really does open a whole new path to many adventures. I am also thankful you recommended Ski Breezy to me, such a great place to stay in Chamonix. I hope to take part in the future courses and trips as well.  Happy skiing, Karen

Ski touring above the Argentiere Glacier en route to the Col du Tour Noire
Val Feret & Vallée Blanche Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Val Feret & Vallée Blanche Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Gareth Kaminski-Cook, February 2018

This was my first ski trekking adventure and I could not be happier with the experience.  Just brilliant. Kathy our guide was so helpful, kind, great fun and passionately informative.  The agenda was also adapted based on the weather so that we filled the two days just perfectly to optimise time skiing back country, trekking, learning skills.  If you are thinking of doing this – just do it.  Thanks Rob and Kathy.

Intro Ski Touring Team In The Vallee Blanche
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Team – Getting Back To Chamonix From Italy, Via The Vallée Blanche!
Ski Vallée Blanche Descent From Italy, February 2018

Ski Vallée Blanche Descent From Italy, February 2018

John and Jean Spencer

What a great way to end our holiday! After more than a week of skiing in and around Chamonix the weather finally came good and we were able to fulfil a long-held ambition of taking on the Vallée Blanche. Despite some crusty snow high up the ‘easy’ route from the top of the Hellbronner lift was a delight, with astonishing views. For the most part the skiing is straightforward, but for the likes of us that is only possible with an accomplished guide. We’ve skied with Rob many times and he knows our limits (which are comparatively modest). As a result, we had a splendid day surrounded by breath-taking scenery. Rob has the great ability to instil absolute confidence while making the whole experience fun and informative – the mark of a true professional.

The easiest way to ski the Vallee Blanche!
John & Jean at Punta Hellbronner about to ski the Vallee Blanche

 

Advanced Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix, Feb 2018

Advanced Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix, Feb 2018

Tom Spencer

Just back from a great trip to the Chamonix Valley, including three terrific days of ski-touring with High Mountain Guides. Two of the days involved stand-out tours, one of the Aiguilles Rouges, including the classic Crochues Berade traverse. A couple of days later we stuck with the powder and found some great velvet turns high under the North Face of Les Droites having traversed in from the Grands Montets top station. The intervening day was taken up with a demanding but equally rewarding Vallée Blanche tour, beginning at the Midi station, travelling over to the Hellbronner mid-station and down into Chamonix from there. I’ve climbed and skied with Rob often over nearly 10 years and every time it has been excellent.

[Thanks Tom – Here’s to another 10 years, Ed!]

Skiing on the north side of the Col de Brevent, Chamonix Aiguilles Rouges
Vallée Blanche Guided Ski Touring Day, Feb 2018

Vallée Blanche Guided Ski Touring Day, Feb 2018

Adam Casey & Team
 Hi Rob,

I think we can safely say the group had a great day! The perfect weather and experience generally made up for the  variable snow conditions and when in the mountains you have to take what’s given to you.

Gavin was a great guide, source of information about the mountains/area and really looked after us (e.g. picking us up from our accommodation and dropping us back off). We had the feeling we were in very safe hands and from my perspective safety is the reason for paying for a guide.
Regards, Adam
Off Piste Skiing In The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Grippy chalky hard pack snow in the combe Vierge on the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche. Photo Gav Pike
Intro Ski Touring Week, Chamonix Feb 2018

Intro Ski Touring Week, Chamonix Feb 2018

Brett Webster
Just to let you know what a fantastic week I ( and I am sure we ) had last week. Your attention to detail and your personal touch made a really great course with plenty of information. I can honestly say it was the best ( and hardest ) weeks skiing I have ever had.
Kenny is a great guide and teacher , his personality and people management skills show through in all he does. It goes without saying he is an accomplished mountaineer and skier whose passion and drive seeps down to his clients.
Currently back in the UK wondering where the mountains have gone. Will be keeping an eye out for another course or trip with yourselves.  Best of luck with the rest of the season.
Ski Guiding The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Ski Crevasse Valley In The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Week, Feb 2018

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Week, Feb 2018

Jen Kingwill & Gabriela Fedullo
On the way to the airport now after a great week! I had a wonderful week – the itinerary choice for each day was great, with Kenny finding good snow for us most days. Kenny was excellent  – lots of little tips along the way and sharing his mountain /snow knowledge throughout the week. I’m looking forward to the next course in March. Jen.
Ski Touring Italian Val Feret
Chamonix Intro ski touring course on our overnight hut tour via the lovely Rifugio Bonatti in the beautiful Val Feret

I just wanted to thank you all for the AMAZING week I had. It really motivated me to keep learning and training. Kenny’s tips and suggestions have really helped me realise what I have to work on from now onwards, and have also helped for this week to be so nice!  I really enjoyed sharing this experience with Jenn and Brett, it was a really nice group. Gaby

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Classic Course, Jan 2018

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Classic Course, Jan 2018

Toby Bishop

Dear Rob,

A brief note of thanks for this week. It’s the best week’s skiing I’ve had. It was a great help to understand why we were doing and not doing certain things and how to minimise risk and maximise the potential for good skiing.
Your new website is looking good. I’ll recommend the course and your guidance to those who’d appreciate them.
All the best, Toby.
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills course in the Vallee Blanche, great conditions in Jan 2018
Les Houches Off Piste & Micro Ski Touring Day, Jan 2018

Les Houches Off Piste & Micro Ski Touring Day, Jan 2018

Olav & Geir

Hi Rob

Thanks for a great day and  pics!

Geir, lovelie (!) to meet you. Hope to ski with you again.

Br, Olav

Ski Touring On The Prarion, Les Houches, Chamonix Valley

Dear both, great to meet you and ski with you, had such a lovelie (!) time.

Thanks again for a super trip, and the photos. Will check out the link for the courses Rob.
Until next time. Warm Regards, Geir