Patrouille des Glaciers 2012 : the race cut short by severe weather conditions

Bad weather and snow conditions only allowed parts of the Patrouille des Glacier ski mountaineering race to happen. After a week of heavy snowfall a first wind storm hit the Alps in the night of Wednesday to thursday, forcing to a stop the big race, the small race was able to start and finish without any issues. In the early hours of Saturday a sudden rise in temperatures brought the avalanche danger to high level. For safety reasons the organisation stopped the long race at Arolla and stopped and called back all the racers on the short race.

 

Labor of love: La Grave mountain risk patrollers, guardians of Freedom

Friday, 11 February 2011, 2:00 p.m., Crête du Peyrou d'Aval, around 2800 meters high. Under a beautiful blue sky, on a ridge that delineates the western horizon above the refuge Chancel from the classic ski routes of the Valleys of the Meije, two figures stand out. When standing still they seem to blend in with this immense, wild and incredibly beautiful mountain.

Labor of love: La Grave mountain risk patrollers, guardians of Freedom

Friday, 11 February 2011, 2:00 p.m., Crête du Peyrou d'Aval, around 2800 meters high. Under a beautiful blue sky, on a ridge that delineates the western horizon above the refuge Chancel from the classic ski routes of the Valleys of the Meije, two figures stand out.
When standing still they seem to blend in with this immense, wild and incredibly beautiful mountain.

Vallée Blanche, the world’s most beautiful off-piste

The crowning moment of a ski holiday in Chamonix, the Vallée Blanche is one of the world’s most beautiful off-piste runs and the longest ski descent from a single lift (Aiguille du Midi cable car).

With this book, Chamonix mountain guide François Damilano provides the keys to this magnificent winter playground, bringing out the specific high-mountain atmosphere of each itinerary: history, advice on glacier skiing, weather, effects of altitude, equipment, etc.