The Alps are the birthplace of alpine climbing and still to this day have the highest concentration of high quality routes of any mountain range on the planet. Combine that with well developed infrastructure, such as lift systems, public transportation and charming towns, and the Alps are the best choice for a place to maximize your climbing to time away ratio. With most of the approaches done via a lift or gondola and overnight accommodations in mountain huts or hotels, we can climb long, classic high mountain routes with nothing more than a daypack. Thanks to the public transportation
The Dolomites are well known for the incredible rock climbing, but those in the know are also well aware of the amazing ski opportunities. This was the area that Doug Coombs was exploring shortly before his tragic death in La Grave. Always one step ahead of the curve, Doug helped make famous the ski towns of Valdez, Alaska and La Grave, France.
For those folks who have already skied the Haute route, or are wanting a more skiing focused trip with smaller huts, better food and a flexible itinerary, the Ortler tour is the answer. We spend several nights at a few of the huts on this circuit, allowing us to focus on going out in search of great skiing each day as opposed to just having to make it to the next hut. With amazing Italian food and wine, Cappucino and hot showers at every hut and amazing glaciated terrain, this has become one our favorite trips each year.