Joint Services Activity Management Review

The Joint services have been developing their Adventurous Training award schemes over the past few years, bringing them more closely in to line with their civilian equivalents. Every year, they employ a team of British Mountain Guides to work on their Joint Services Alpine Meet (JSAM) in Switzerland. As part of that team of Guides,…

Fall Line 103 – Ski Safaris

Hailed as ‘touring without tears’ the ski safari opens up the world of backcountry. Here are a few of Europe’s finest, chosen by four of the best British Mountain Guides. The Ski Safari is a great way for off piste skiers to enjoy the journeying aspect of touring, without being committed to skinning uphill and…

Fall Line 103 – 60 second guide to backcountry

If you haven’t already discovered the pow-haven/adrenaline-pumping/awe-inspiring thrills that ducking under the ropes brings, here’s our concise(ish) guide to all things backcountry. In this article, Mary Creighton adds to the thoughts of myself and Eric Kendall (of Ski Zinal fame) to produce a whistle stop guide to going off piste. A punchy piece, packed full…

Fall Line 98 – Under the ropes: get the kit!

Planning on heading in to the Backcountry this winter? Whether it’s a short boot over a col or a full blown multi day tour, Martin Chester has the lowdown on the essentials you don’t want to leave without. From blizzard bags to swanky new ice tools, this is a review of the latest ski touring…

Fall Line 91 – Off Limits: Get the kit!

Want to duck under the ropes and get away from the crowds? Whether it’s a short boot over a col or a full blown tour miles from the lifts, these are the essentials you need to make escape as easy as possible. From bindings to skins, boots to beacons, this article explores all the essential…

Fall Line 87 – Cafe to Couloir

Fancy mounting a last minute ski weekend mission this season? British Mountain Guide Martin Chester gives you the lowdown on how you can ditch your Saturday morning cup of tea for some fresh pow in double quick time. What does it take to turn a plan into reality? This article explores all you need to…

Fall Line 86 – Early Season Treasures

Unstable snow packs, boulders disguised under light dustings of powder, crevasses masked by early drifts – there are plenty of good reasons for not donning a pair of skins until Spring.But choose carefully and there are amazing fresh tracks out there. Here, five British Mountain Guides suggest their favourite early season ski tours. . .…