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A Winter of Snow

Skiing in Val Thorens

We headed back to the Alps in January this year for another great week of skiing. The snow fall on arrival day made for an interesting mountain ascent. With 2 cars stuck in various places up the mountain and family members being plonked on delayed buses with that night's food supply. Eventually, everyone made it to the accommodation.

The next day was a white out so we all had to quickly regain our ski legs and trust the piste poles would lead us in the correct direction, with only a few brief disappearances into the snow drifts! This all meant that we had great snow conditions and as the skies brightened for the rest of the week we all managed to get some great distances covered.

There were guest appearances from family and friends and new skills learnt. Several members tried their legs at cross country skiing and off-piste adventuring from Pointe de la Masse with with mixed results. All in all a great week and we are already keen to start looking at next year's venue.

Winter mountaineering in Ben Nevis/ Glencoe

What a great week we had in Scotland this March. We were lucky enough to have booked the best week of weather, which meant we were able to explore everyday.

With a mix of members we completed a whole range of sports.

  • There were multiple big days in the mountains with teams topping out on Ben Nevis via Ledge ridge, several teams ventured up Stub Coire nan Lochan to climb up NC gully. The hidden Valley was conquered.

  • A scramble up Bien a Bheithir (nicknamed by us Douglas and Donald) via School house ridge was in great condition.

  • We even managed to "Hot Rock" Trad climb around at Glen Nevis

  • There was cycling around the local hill paths and more importantly, the local cafes

  • Our chairman also braved the water and went canoeing around Loch Leven

The wind picked up on the last few days and we were blown off Stob Ban and headed to the lower level walks and visited the impressive local waterfalls.

Thank you everyone for such a good week of adventure.

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