Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:37 pm Posts: 6 Location: Seattle, WA
We just completed the Haute route, from Zermatt to Chamonix. We lucked out with a bomber weather window. We were riding on Voile boards, plate bindings and hardboots.
It's a sweet tour, especially going East to West. We reasoned that the downhill sections would be longer, and more straightforward. There were definitely sections of icy skinning, sidehill traversing and tricky riding thru bony sections and crevasses. But what scenery! The huts are truly amazing in comparison to the States.
Heard about other riders who were going around the same mid-Apr timeframe and am curious what they thought?
We had great vis and relatively stable avie conditions. Towards the end though, as temps warmed, ice fall was making conditions unstable. That's what caused the avie in the clip. In fact, a skin track originally went through the slide path. Fortunately, the skiers who were en route, stopped for whatever reason and didn't get caught.
re: splitboard and how applicable a tool, I would agree w/ previous reports that randonee is more efficient ... especially on the glacieted terrain. And yet, we found great satisfaction riding the route despite the fact that when traversing we couldn't feel our shins at times.