Author Archives: Matteo

Splitboard Tour – Desert de Plate, Flaine

It’s 9:30am, I am alone on a long chairlift on my way to Flaine, enjoying the sunshine and the tranquility of the morning. It’s been a while since last time I sat on one of those chairs. Looking at all … Continue reading

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Splitboard Tour – Refuge de Bostan, Aiguilles rouges

Snowboarding is only one of the reasons I love spending time planning routes on maps and venturing into the backcountry. Exploring the terrain around a ski itinerary – assuming there is one marked on the map – figuring out different … Continue reading

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Splitboard Tour – Refuge de Folly, part of the tour des Dents Blanches

Of all the thoughts and important advice about life my mother shared with me while I was growing up, I particularly remember her ideas about friendship. Friends have always had a very important part in her life as she considered … Continue reading

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Avalanche Safety – Hazard evaluation and forecasting

If at some stage you decided to start (there is a good chance you won’t finish it) reading a proper book, written by proper avalanche professionals about avalanche safety, these are the definitions you will encounter. Avalanche hazard evaluation is … Continue reading

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Avalanche Safety – Travelling in avalanche terrain

Among all the numerous skills and incredible amount of knowledge required to correctly forecast, assess and deal with avalanche hazard, being able to read terrain features and therefore recognize avalanche terrain is certainly the most important one. In other words, … Continue reading

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Avalanche Safety – The mountain snowpack

Welcome to Avalanches 101. What is an avalanche? Avalanches come in all shapes, sizes and forms and similar to the snow crystals they are composed of, no two slides are exactly alike.  They may contain dry snow, wet snow, ice, … Continue reading

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Avalanche Safety – Introduction

Although in my posts I often make quick references to snowpack stability and consequent avalanche danger, I recently realised that so far I haven’t been writing anything about avalanche assessment and forecasting, by far THE most relevant aspect when travelling in the backcountry. It’s … Continue reading

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Col de Joux Plane

Since last winter Mark and Ros have had the desire to joining me on my ski tours around here and once they have some experience and become more familiar with the equipment possibly planning a few days  in La Grave. … Continue reading

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Splitboard Tour – Colonney, Flaine

I am sure this will be remembered as the driest January the Alps have seen in a very long time. How can I be sure? It did snow around Christmas and, sadly, we haven’t seen a single flake falling since … Continue reading

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La Grave

My friends know that I try to live a life without having expectations. I usually don’t expect anything from people, situations, places. After a few years I still haven’t clearly understood whether it’s some form of unconscious defense mechanism which helps me not to get upset … Continue reading

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