Or more accurately – family holiday time! Just spent a week over Easter backcountry skiing in the Haute Maurienne with the family – and in particular, introducing the boys to ski touring. After the Tour de France came through Otley last summer, the lads got really into the ‘going uphill’ side of cycling and mountains in general, which has opened up a lot of possibilities for longer rides and multiday trips into the hills.
As they ski off piste all the time nowadays, the idea of introducing them to ski touring seemed a logical next step. However, getting the kit together for a 10 and a 12 year old without spending a fortune wasn’t easy – ie half of the winter spent on Ebay looking for second hand kids skis and XS touring boots and bindings… Finally we got everything together and with some excellent ski touring boot fitting from Phil at Backcountry Uk (who also fitted extra small Fritschi Freeride Pro bindings with some very careful mounting to kids twintip skis – thanks!) we were ready to hit the Alps.
So – how did it go? Well, here’s the video of their first day out touring on the Pas de la Beccia above Val Cenis:
All in all a good result! Despite it being Easter, there was also a lot of good powder around (and being the Haute Maurienne, hardly anyone skiing it…) – so plenty of fresh tracks to be had off the lifts too: