Val Maira Ski Touring

Just back from a great research/learning (holiday?!) trip to Val Maira over in Italy with my good friend John Houlihan of . This is a place I’ve been wanting to go to for years – a lovely unspoilt alpine valley with no ski infrastructure and miles of excellent touring terrain.

John has just bought touring equipment this winter (with excellent ski touring boot fitting from Backcountry Uk – thanks!) so needed of a bit of instruction – whilst I fancied doing a research trip for future visits and also wanted to learn how to shoot video, which John does for a living – hence we both had a range of ‘it’s work, really’ excuses to our respective spouses to go off skiing for a week… The result – Val Maira is brilliant and we’re organising an Alpine Guides trip there next year, John now knows all about ski touring and I learned a bit about video – I’ll let you decide how much – here’s the short film I made of the trip: