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February 2014 Newsletter

Mountain Tracks newsletter

Read the latest Mountain Tracks Newsletter including Matt's blog on Multi-Day ski tour kit, latest trip availability - all here!

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.

Go East! Ski touring in the Tatras

Go East! Ski touring in the Tatras with Mountain Tracks in Poland

US magazine Backcountry has a nice little piece on ski touring in the Tatras this month. They've given Mountain Tracks a plug too as a specialist company offering trips to the region. The Tatras form the border between Poland and Slovakia and are part of the Carpathian range. They offer similar scenery and landscape to the European Alps.

The mountains offer snow-sure conditions between January and March, while the terrain provides some excellent ski touring and backcountry skiing with wide open ridges to challenging tree skiing, gullies and couloirs.

More snow in the Alps!

Another beautiful day in Chamonix after last night's snow up high. We're expecting snowfall tonight towards 2000 m : 35-50 cm. Counting down the days to the lifts opening in December and looking to another fantastic season's skiing!!! This winter we've ski tour skills training, avalanche foundation courses, steep skiing clinics and and off-piste performance trips in Cham:

The Seventh Continent - Part 2: Summit-to-sea skiing

Skiing the Antarctic Peninsula - Nick Parks - Mountain Tracks

To begin reading Nick's Antarctic blog from the first entry, part 1, click here

Happy Christmas from Mountain Tracks!

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas to all from Mountain Tracks! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas break, and look forward to seeing you on the slopes this winter! 

After all the great snow in early and mid-December we've had some warmer days lately here in Chamonix. Temperatures are expected to decrease and snow is likely to fall on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, further improving snow conditions for Christmas skiers and snowboarders!

Heli-Skiing Explained

Heli Skiing with Mountain Tracks

The ski and snowboard world is divided into two: those who have heli-skied… and those who have not! Those who have taunt those who have not with tales of big mountain terrain and endless powder. Those who have not predictably tremble with just a little fear (mostly of the unknown). A third group exist: these are the snowcat skiers (some of whom are wannabe heli-skiers!).

Lectures on avalanche safety: tickets still available for Portsmouth, Bristol, Manchester

Lectures on avalanche safety
The North Face Avalanche Awareness Lecture Series, in association with Snow+Rock and the Ski Club of Great Britain, is in full swing - the London events last week were extremely popular and well-received.
You've still chance to attend a lecture delivered by James Morland (Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 professional with 15+ years experience of avalanche-related work) in Portsmouth, Bristol or Manchester.

Freeride Skis - Winter 2012/13

Freeride Skis - Winter 2012/13

Winter 2012/13: Hottest Off-Piste Skis Reviewed

It seems like it was just the other day I was waxing my skis for storage… and already the new Mountain Tracks touring and off-piste programme for Winter 2012/13 is upon us! As the resident 'techno geek' I'm rounding up the latest developments for the winter season.

Zinal: A Swiss Off-Piste Gem

Zinal - Skier's Paradise in Valais - Mountain Tracks

Nick Parks has long been singing (out of tune!) the virtues of skiing Val d'Anniviers in the Swiss canton of Valais. Now, if further proof were needed, he and his wife Niki have chosen this Swiss valley - specifically Zinal - as their base for the 2012/13 season. Nick has been visiting this off-piste gem of the Valais every season since starting Mountain Tracks in 2000. But with so many great places to live, why choose Zinal?

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