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    Kahti Ryan

    Hi everyone,
    Am trying to make plans for next winter. So far the idea is to convert a van over the next few months and set off in November to spend the winter in Europe, working a little but mainly living in the van and riding and climbing as much as possible.

    I’ve been looking at Spain as I speak ok Spanish and it all sounds a little more chill than the Alps, but have no idea where to start after that really.
    Am basically after a relatively relaxed place (as in not filled with crazy parties and posh kids on their “gap yah”, but with a good backcountry scene and easy to meet people), with some lifts for lazy days and access to “mid-level” backcountry – i’m not after super exposed alpine gnar. A mix of low angle pow and steeper faces and chutes but without too much consequence, stuff you can ride fast and fun would be my cup of tea!
    I’m also a keen winter climber, so somewhere that also ties in with good alpine or ice routes and surrounding scene would be ideal.

    Any other tips for van life and finding work (have lots of experience in the hospitality industry, both front and back of house, but also enjoy working outdoors and good at woodwork and general maintenance. Would ideally like to find a part time job that gets me a lift pass plus a bit of cash) would be much appreciated.

    And if anyone wants to show a dirtbag van dwelling scotsman round their local turf, let me know!


    Did some riding in Andora in 1999
    Nice place
    Check out these guys


    Adam West


    or this

    Adam West


    The lads from splitboard magazine are in that sort of area and will be able to help you out for sure!!


    Hey, I was in the Pryrenees last winter and did the same, converted my van and toured from it. Just did mainly the French side but has massive potential and Pyrenees got more snow than the Alps last winter.
    In Spain I would defo check out Baqueira Beret. It has massive off piste potential.http://www.baqueira.eps
    One thing I’d be wary off is sleeping overnight in resort car parks. Most are in Avalanche paths and last winter the car park in La Mongie was hit by an avalanche. I tended to stay in next village down the valley and travel up each day.
    There is also a magazine publication that is purely focused on off piste itineraries with topo maps just for the Pyrenees. Can’t remember the name but I did some of the itineraries and was well worth buying.
    Such a great area to explore. Have fun!

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