Personal log of a novice backcountry skier in his backyard
This weekend I took a two day ski touring course with some other friends in the Val d’Aran, and with Jon from Huellas Blancas as our instructor. For most of my friends it was their first ever touring experience and boy, weren’t they lucky!! Saturday was one of those classic thin powder days. It has snowed up to 20cm the previous night , but with no wind at all, and the snow was just perfect. On top of that the weather was just amazing: sunny, not a cloud anywhere, lots of visibility no wind and just cold enough to keep the snow fresh all day long. We did the Cap de Clòsos via the Tuc deth Miei. Nothing too dramatic, just a nice mellow skin up and an excellent ski down (620m). I managed to learn quite a lot of useful stuff, which made me feel very good. And on top of that the gear I hired was excellent, at least for those conditions: Dynafit ZZero boots with Dynafit TLT Radical bindings mounted on Dynafit 170cm Seven Summits skis. I have to say I didn’t find any flaws in any of them, but that is not surprising seeing how much lighter this set up is compared to mine and how good the conditions were. I had a ball!