Dynastar News

J.Midol joins J.F Chapuis and A.Bovolenta in the Team Dynastar/Lange!

Riders in this news :  Jean Frédéric  CHAPUIS

 ; Arnaud BOVOLENTA

During the historical French hat-trick in Skicross at Sochi Olympic Games 2014, they were two, wearing the colors of Dynastar and Lange: Jean-Frédéric Chapuis and Arnaud Bovolenta. Their third teammate, Jonathan Midol, decided to join the ranks of the French brand for next season. His arrival already strengthens a very competitive team.

For me, Dynastar has the best material today. The ski is efficient and playful. The brand is very committed to Skicross and the race department works closely the athletes. The development of the skis is constant.

For more than 50 years, Dynastar looks for the excellence and we are very proud to welcome Jonathan Midol in our Skicross team. Author of two World Cup podiums in Are and Val-Thorens, the racer of the Grand-Bornand shows clearly his ambitions: “I’m very enthusiastic to join Dynastar Team with my French teammates in order to develop the best ski! The ski which will allow us to fetch a new hat-trick in the next Olympic Games.”  The appointment is taken!

Wringing the last from the Alpine Winter

The end of winter is always a bitter sweat thing time to wax and put away the skis but the pleasure we get from the mountains as the snow recedes and the spring flowers push through. Maybe I am unusual but I don’t want to let go until I absolutely have to so when a client said he fancied skiing Mont Blanc in May I thought great I will have someone to keep skiing with.

As it was the when Matteo arrived the weather forecast for the week was pretty pants 2 perfect days followed by rain snow and wind for the rest of the week. With only 2 days of blue bird we needed to make the most of them. We wanted a high peak that would give us a great skiing and something a bit special for those last alpine turns of the season.

We decided to head for Mont Velan sitting on the Swiss Italian border at just under 4000m with some great glacier skiing and a really cool hut we thought it would do the job nicely. The only disadvantage to skiing at this time of year is that you have to walk to the snowline, 2 hours with skis, boots, stove and food on our backs (the hut was closed so were self catering in the winter quarters) put us at the snowline then an hours skinning and we were at the hut. The guardian had finished for the season the night before and gone down so we had the place to ourselves. With just the three of us (fellow Dynastar UK Ambassador Mike Austin had decided to join us) in hut designed for 60 we had the rare opportunity to spread out and enjoy the magnificent views of the Grand Combin and our objective for the next day.

When the alarm went at 0345 we stuck our heads out to a perfect ceiling of stars, we were skinning across the glacier by 4.30 the pool of light from our head torches the only man made light we could see. After an hour the glacier steepens so we had to out on ski crampons, this lead us to a rock band that bared access to the Col de la Gouille. Skis on our backs and the rope out we followed some chains and climbed to the col, then more chains down onto the glacier on the other side. As we gained height the view just kept getting better and better from the summit the panorama is genuinely 360 from Mont Blanc to Monta Rosa then south to the Paradiso and all the way to Monte Viso.

We didn’t linger on the summit as we wanted to get the snow at its best a short slide on easy snow then a bit of careful choice of aspect gave us some awesome turns on perfect spring snow in the high 40’s. Cruising down the wide open glacier with big fast was awesome, it was all going to fast. There were 2 choices on the lower section of the route down a couloir onto the Valsorey glacier or back over the col. We could see there had been a big avalanche gone down the couloir and the lower section looked like we would have to ski through loads of debris so we climbed back over the col and made a short abseil onto the snow.

With a different aspect we got the snow just right with creamy spring snow all the way to the end of the snow. A perfect way to end the season in the Alps now its off to Norway to wrap up the winter.

Bruce

DEEP IN BAFFIN AVALAIBLE ONLINE

Riders in this news :   

Left in spring 2014, Damien, Thibaut, Remì and Francois in the dizzying colours od Baffin Island. A special sort of trip, ski, discover beyond the 70° parallel. This is another way to live the adventure.

 

DEEP IN BAFFIN from Thibaut Lacombe on Vimeo.


Breche Puiseux A Chamonix Classic

In a busy guiding season it can be difficult to get out and tour for yourself. A lucky day appeared in the diary when fellow Dynastar Ambassador and Avalanche Geek Mike Austin and I were both free with a blue bird forecast. We decided on the Breche Puiseux and were on the first cable car to the Aiguille du Midi. The ski down the first part of the Vallee Blanche could best be described as terrible with hideous refrozen snow until we could get the right aspect and altitude to find some sun softened corn and enjoy a few turns. Skins on at the base of the Périades glacier gave a couple of hours skinning then skis on the back for the 450m climb to the Breche. The early start was worth it with the climb being completed before the sun got to hot.

 

The Breche is a low point on the section of ridge known as the Périades, this spectacular group of granite spires is home to the tiny Périades bivouac hut one of the most characterful and spectacularly positioned over night shelter in the range. We scrambled along to the hut before making 2 abseils onto the upper Mont Mallet glacier.

The position here is amazing right under the North Face to the Grand Jorasses this has to be one of the most spectacular backdrops to any ski descent in the Alps. The descent winds its way through huge crevasses with amazing views all round before joining the Leschaux glacier where perfect spring snow and less crevasses allowed us to let the Cham’s run making big sweeping turns all the way to the train at Montenvers. A beer sitting on the terrace was the perfect place to reflect and a fantastic journey through the heart of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Ski touring book Blog

Making the transition from piste to off piste to ski touring can be a difficult transition for any skier. It is a logical progression for many of us as we seek more challenge from the snow and solitude away from the lifts.

Dynastar UK Ambassador and Mountain Guide Bruce Goodlad has written a book to help you discover the back country and break away from the confines of the ski lifts.

The book “Ski Touring” looks at all the aspects of ski touring and off piste skiing from equipment selection, uphill skills, avalanche safety and rescue through to route choice and tour selection. Ski Touring is not all about the up, skiing downhill in difficult off piste snow is a challenge for all of us and we could all improve our technique, who better to help than BASI Trainer Alison Culshaw. Alison’s Downhill Skills chapter looks at the common problems faced by the off piste skier and offers some practical advice to help with difficult snow.

The book is split into two sections skills and guidebook, one of the biggest challenges we face as fledgling back country skiers is knowing where to go. Bruce walks the reader through a selection of his favourite day and multiday ski tours. The selection includes a mix of short lift assisted tours close to popular ski resorts then multi day tours in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria.

You can get hold of a copy direct from the publisher at http://www.pesdapress.com/Land-Technical/c1_29/p62/Ski-Touring/product_info.html or on Amazon or from your local book shop.