ES has had teams in the last few Patrouille des Glaciers, a ski touring race between Zermatt and Verbier. Maryse, who runs our administration office and has been with ES since the start, has competed many times. Now, Jonas and Gibbo head up our ski touring pack. Happily, or unhappily, the Patrouille des Glaciers runs every second year, so this year is the year off.
So to tide us over, we have launched “Touring Tuesdays”.
Initially, this was just run for friends of the school, but now that we have beta tested it, we have decided to open it up to the wider public.
Each Tuesday from 09.30-11.30 you can join like minded people in Place Blanche to start a gentle tour up through the forest.
Our friends at Mountain Air even do a special deal for renting the equipment so that you can try it to see what you think (mention “Touring Tuesdays”).
Touring Tuesdays are not meant to intimidate, but introduce you to a new way to see the mountains. There are many skiers in Verbier who know the pistes well, but ski touring opens a new side of the resort, a very different one.
Away from the pistes and the lifts, and other people, you can improve your fitness, hear the birdsong, smell the pines, and fully appreciate what a beautiful place it is. This is not a race or a competition, it is an introduction to another way to enjoy the mountains.
See you on Tuesday!
If this sounds like something you might like to try, here are some other links that may be of interest;
Earlier this winter, we posted this blog about how to learn ski touring;
We even made PDG, the movie;
And another little movie about the equipment you will need;