At the end of the season in 2010 we headed up to the monastery in the col between Italy and Switzerland. We’re busy in the winter so skiing in Italy or anywhere other than Morzine is pretty difficult. We had such a fantastic time we vowed to return but with the snow not being so good last season the conditions were never quite right to head up.

The Col is one of, if not the oldest route through the Western Alps with evidence of use as far back as the Bronze ages. The pass is appears in history around 390BC and is well documented by the time of Julius Ceaser around 60BC. Napolean also famously crossed the pass in May 1800 with 6000 men and there’s a staue at the top to commemorate the feat.

This season a rare gap at the end of January allowed us to take our 4 staff, Danny, Carla, Liv and Chris all over to Switzerland and trek up to stay the night and to sneak in a bit of skiing in Italy.

The guys at All Mountain Rental very kindly lent me an Atomic Poacher split board to test out which also meant I could take Kates board as she was 3 months pregnant!

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, if you ever get the chance to visit the refuge, even if it’s just in the summer when you can drive up it’s well worth the detour.

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Atomic Poacher Split Board

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Weather conditions settled down and we had brilliant blue skies the whole way up. First time hiking for Liv and Chris and the first ever time off piste for Danny and Carla!

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Pack Horse and Kate!

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General Faffing and Taking Photos

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Glorious Randonee Weather

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The Crew at The Top

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Danny Man of The Mountain!