"Mountain Tracks is an innovative and personal company, and as an alpine mountain guide it’s great to be a part of this team. Our trips always offer unique and genuine mountain adventure. As a company comprised of IFMGA guides we have more expertise in off-piste and ski touring than any other company - our clients truly benefit from this.
For me it all started on the gritstone edges of my home county Derbyshire. By mid–teens I was hooked on climbing and the mountains, many adventures and expeditions followed including notable new routes on Greenland’s big walls. In the 90’s I spent many years leading mountaineering expeditions in the greater ranges and summited on many high peaks of the Himalayas and the Andes. In the winter of 2008 I completed a winter ascent of the north face of the Eiger and later the north face of the Matterhorn. My love of climbing is undiminished and at the moment I am working towards the 'magic grade': 8a!
I now live in the Chamonix valley with my partner Edyta and two young children Mia and Harry. I have intimate knowledge of both skiing and climbing in the area and also the surrounding areas, which has been gained from 20 years of active exploration. I am often asked where is my favourite place to ski: I prefer quiet areas where true back country skiing is possible. So the smaller ski areas of Switzerland such as Andermatt and Zinal are favorites. Given good snow the big Italian Monte Rosa area is hard to beat: 2500m descents are possible here in a spectacular landscape! Another firm favourite is the skiing in Gulmarg in Kashmir, which is certainly a unique travel experience. This area has some of the best terrain and biggest vertical on the planet. For hut touring: well, our Elbrus expedition is a personal favourite of mine. Russia is a culturally very interesting country and the Caucuses are on a grand scale. Skiing in the remote, greater ranges settings are very memorable, and has to be experienced!
My vision for the future is simply to continue to provide the highest quality mountain adventure possible for our clients.
What previous clients say about Matt:
"Matt our guide did a great job finding us plenty of fresh snow to ski and taking us on some stunning routes. Rob and Sarah run a great chalet and Rob did a great job of drop offs and pick ups making getting around very easy. I think I can say for all of us it was a trip we will never forget, Many thanks, Looking forward to future trips."
"Our guide Matt worked wonders to find some great runs with good snow, we had one day of ski touring which went very well again Matt had spent time researching the best route for the group / conditions - your team did you proud!"
Matt's recent blogs:
Ski Kashmir - Gulmarg 2012
The 5 Red Flags of Avalanche Danger