Moving Off The Trails ; Glacier Trekking

A number of years ago I was lucky enough to be involved in the film ‘Touching the Void’ performing stunts and putting in place the safety rigging. During this film I was required to abseil, fall into and climb back out of lots of crevasses. Crevasses are spectacular ravines of ice formed in glaciers when the ice is under tension or compression. For those not initiated, venturing onto glaciers for the first time is a daunting prospect.

Avalanche Airbag Review 2013

Avalanche Airbag Review 2013

February 1st 2014 - Update on BCA Airbags!!!  Just a quick note to say that Concept Pro Shop in Chamonix (just behind the Aiguille du Midi cablecar station in Chamonix sud) are now servicing BCA equipment. This includes the refilling of canisters when airbags are deployed.

Happy New Year from the Mountain Tracks Team

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Mountain Tracks Team! Here's wishing to many great adventures in 2014!!!


Ski Lodging Focus: The Auberge at Sainte Foy

Fantastic lodging at the Auberge in Sainte Foy

Good accommodation and hospitality is an essential element to all winter holidays, even more so while we wait out the snow-laden storms that leave our beloved fresh powder!

Happy Christmas from Mountain Tracks!

Happy Christmas to all from Mountain Tracks!

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you on the slopes this winter!

Best wishes from all at Mountain Tracks and bon ski!


Mountain Tracks December Wallpaper out now!!!

Mountain Tracks December Wallpaper out now!!!

This month's wallpaper features Mountain Tracks' BASI Level 4 ski instructor Dave Meyer enjoying Zinal's abundant powder. To download the wallpaper to your desktop click here

We've still a few spaces on our Off-Piste Performance Plus courses in ZInal available in early to late January 2014: for more information check out our dedicated trip page

Get to know our Guides: Hannah Burrows-Smith

Get to know our Guides: Hannah Burrows-Smith

Our new series on the Mountain Tracks guides continues with Inverness-born IFMGA guide Hannah Burrows-Smith. With more than 20 year's experience climbing and skiing, Hannah now splits her time between her native Scotland and the Chamonix valley.

Hannah has guided Mountain Tracks groups on numerous hut-to-hut tours and also off-piste weeks in both Chamonix and Gressoney, Italy. Another of our resident guides in Chamonix, Matt Dickinson, recently caught up with Hannah to find out a little more about her passion for guiding.

The 10 Best Ski Tours in Europe

Ski Touring in Europe

Multi day ski tours offer a perfect opportunity to explore the winter mountains, far away from busy resorts and the mainstream ski industry.

Berghaus sponsors Alistair Lee's epic 'The Last Great Climb' film

Berghaus sponsors Alistair Lee's epic 'The Last Great Climb' movie

The Last Great Climb, an Alistair Lee film sponsored by Berghaus, will be premiering on Friday, November 15th at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. Leo Houlding, Sean Leary, Jason Pickles and filmmaker Alastair Lee attempt an unclimbed route on the granite tower of Ulvetanna in Queen Maud Land, eastern Antarctica. Check out the trailer of this epic film on YouTube here. You can reserve tickets in advance at the Kendal festival's website. Don't miss it!!!

Trekking Poles and Walking Poles reviewed

Trekking Poles and Walking Poles

Buying trekking poles is a complicated business nowadays with hundreds of brands pushing different styles of poles ranging from £30 to £150. When I first started climbing and mountaineering in the 80’s poles were basically shunned, and associated only with skiing. Over the past ten years poles have become the norm in the mountains, whether you’re alpine mountaineering Jedi or experiencing your first glacier trek there’s a pole designed for you. The main problem is choosing between all the pole brands and features!

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