Alpine Winter

The Alps in winter are transformed. Fresh snow has a cleansing effect and the mountains often seem at their best under its mantle. Cold temperatures and a reliable snowfall ensure excellent climbing conditions. Ice (or cascade) climbing is a great adventure! There's nothing like hanging from your tools on a magnificent frozen waterfall or smear. The experience of climbing cascades varies from one to another and year to year. It really is an ephemeral experience.

The Alps and Norway have an abundance of icefalls which regularly come into condition from December to February. Stable conditions means you can achieve a lot and approaches can be anything from a couple of hours to roadside. The high mountains can also be in superb condition during the winter and into spring. By using uplift, skis or snow shoes and perhaps refuges the classic couloirs and north faces are achievable.

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Just wanted to thank you for a fantastic week of climbing - I had an absolute blast and am really feeling the bump of reality having returned to my normal life, in flat surroundings at sea level. I'd like to compliment your choice of routes, you found us some great leads to push some boundaries and build good confidence and also gave us some great seconds to really push us hard! Choice of hotel in Cogne was outstanding, La Barme is a really great place - I really enjoyed the food and relaxed atmosphere, amazing for the price and location! I had a really fun week and laughed so much, it really did feel like I was on holiday with an old friend - really like your style! Hope to meet up with you again in the future for some more climbing...

Jon Ryall - Cogne Ice Climbing 2010

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Many thanks for making our week in Loch Carron so enjoyable. I feel that I got a lot out of your tutelage, particularly in reinforcing basic knowledge and skills. I'm looking forward to a bit more winter climbing if conditions improve and work allows and the week with you has definitely given us a bit of self belief to tackle harder, meatier routes than we have before

Ed Scottish Winter Climbing

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Thanks for a great week - knackered but happy!! Fil a Plomb a great way to finish off.

Tim D Chamonix Winter Alpinism 2011

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Superb, I got so much from the last week. As for progressively fitter, that last arete to the aiguille, I thought I was going to burst!

Nick O Winter Alpinism, Chamonix 2011

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We all successfully climbed to the summit of Island Peak on 10 April. I feel that we could not have achieved this without your training in the Alps last September. So thank you so much for this!

Gabriela, 2011

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Alpine Winter

Chamonix

Easy to get to, accommodation to suit all types and world class mountains, it's easy to see why Chamonix remains the number one spot for winter sports.

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Aosta - Cogne

The Western Alps have a huge variety of ice venues at all altitudes. Within easy reach of the Chamonix valley is the mecca of the Aosta valley.

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Ecrin

The Ecrin is home to the International Ice Climbing Festival and for good reason. There are hundreds of cascades and goulottes reliably in condition from December through till February.

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Norway

We visit a number of areas in Norway, each different in the type of experience you can expect. Laerdal is situated close to Bergen on the western seaboard and experiences a maritime type climate that's great for building ice.

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Scotland

Scottish Winter climbing is unique and people travel from all corners of the globe to experience it. From the mixed climbing of the Cairngorms to the thin ice routes of Ben Nevis.

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Avalanche Training in Chamonix - The Avalanche Academy

Avalanche Academy is dedicated to making you safer when off-piste and in the back-country

For 'off the shelf' avalanche training in the Chamonix valley. Courses running throughout the winter.

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