Alpine Ski Touring
Selected ski tours in the European Alps
This is a selected guidebook of ski tours in the European Alps. We have chosen classic ski tours at a variety of grades spread through the Alps, with some well-known venues and others not on the radar of British ski tourers. The 22 places selected have enough routes to keep you busy for a week or more’s ski touring and will allow you to get to know the area well enough to inspire you to make up your own tours.
Stunning photos, useful planning maps, and accurate descriptions make this the most up-to-date, English language guidebook to ski touring in the Alps available. In order to be as up-to-date as possible, the routes have been contributed by UIAGM/IFMGA guides who know the area well and have toured there recently.
Contributors: Mike Austin, Martin Chester, Al Powell, Mark Charlton, Andy Teasdale, Tim Blakemore, Jonny Baird, Graham Frost, Bruce Goodlad, Terry Ralphs, Rob Collister, Olly Allen, Cain Olsen and Andy Perkins.
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A pen portrait of each of the contributors can be found in the description of the first of the tours they have written.
Bruce was born and brought up in the west of Scotland. The Scottish mountains gave him a classic apprenticeship in climbing and mountaineering and the Scouts gave him a taste of skiing, but it wasn’t until he was struggling knee-deep in soft snow down a glacier after a winter route in Chamonix that he realised he needed to learn to ski. After studying for a geography degree at Glasgow University, Bruce spent the following year as a trainee instructor at Glenmore Lodge on the 'Night Watch Scheme'. It was during this year under the tolerant tutelage of 'Lodge' instructors that he actually learnt how to ski and discovered ski touring.
Ski touring has become a life-long passion that has taken Bruce all over the world, ski touring and guiding in Antarctica, Greenland, Norway, Iceland, the Alps, Argentina, Japan, Armenia, Sweden, Canada, the USA and Russia. He is always looking for the next new place to explore and share with his clients.
Bruce qualified as an IFMGA guide in 2001. Since 2008 he has been involved in the training of mountain guides and served as the Technical Director for the British Mountain Guides from 2012 to 2016. Much of his focus during that period was the development of the avalanche education and ski guiding for trainee guides.
He also partners Mike Austin in the avalanche education business (www.avalanchegeeks.com).
Bruce now lives full time in the Alps with his wife and two children; he is the author of two previous books also by Pesda Press: Alpine Mountaineering and Ski Touring.
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