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Combin de la Tsessette East Face in Switzerland ski descent by Paul Bonhomme, Vivian Bruchez

On 1 April 2021 French alpinists Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez made what is likely to be the first ski descent of the east face of Combin de la Tsessette (4141m) in Switzerland.

07.04.2021 by Vittorio Messini in Alpinism

Virger Nordkette winter traverse completed by Vittorio Messini, Matthias Wurzer

From 2 -3 March 2021 Matthias Wurzer and Vittorio Messini, two mountain guides from Kals, Austria, completed a winter ascent of the Virger Nordkette (Frosnitzkamm) from Hintereggerkogel to Galtenscharte in one and a half days. Messini reports.

01.04.2021 by Planetmountain in Competitions

Axelle Gachet-Mollaret, Robert Antonioli win the 2021 Ski Mountaineering World Cup

The last stage of the 2021 Ski Mountaineering World Cup was won last weekend at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy by Axelle Gachet-Mollaret and Matteo Eydallin. The Frenchwoman and Robert Antonioli won the overall World Cup 2021.

Martina Valmassoi breaks 24-hour uphill ski record, climbs staggering 17,645m

From 21 and 22 March 2021 Martina Valmassoi from Italy broke the female 24-hour uphill ski record, ascending 17,645m in 24 hours at Auronzo di Cadore in the Dolomites.

Mount Dunkirk in Canada skied by Christina Lustenberger, Ian McIntosh, Nick McNutt

The South Face of Mount Dunkirk (3030m) the Rocky Mountains, Canada, was skied for the first time on 17/03/2021 by Christina Lustenberger, Ian McIntosh and Nick McNutt.

Farewell to Luca Pandolfi

On 17 March 2021 Luca Pandolfi perished in an avalanche above Flassin at Saint-Oyen in the Aosta Valley. Known by everyone, the Italian was a highly regarded snowboarder.

15.03.2021 by Planetmountain in Competitions

At Pierra Menta 2021 Alba De Silvestro, Giulia Murada and Michele Boscacci, Davide Magnini crowned Long Distance World Champions

On Friday 12 March 2021 at the classic Pierra Menta ski mountaineering competition the teams Alba De Silvestro & Giulia Murada and Michele Boscacci & Davide Magnini were crowned Long Distance World Champions.


Paul Bonhomme, Vivian Bruchez ski new line on Tête Carrée in Mont Blanc massif



On 10/03/2021 Frenchmen Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez skied the SE Face of Tête Carrée in the Mont Blanc massif. Called La Testa tra le stelle, the line is likely to be the first ski descent of this face.

Mount Nelson first ski descent in Canada by Christina Lustenberger, Ian McIntosh

On 4/03/2021 alpinists and extreme skiers Ian McIntosh and Christina Lusti Lustenberger completed their childhood dream by scoring the first ski descent of Mount Nelson in Canada, skiing the mountain's striking East Face.

La Cathédrale ski descent on Rochers du Rochail by Paul Bonhomme, Xavier Cailhol

On 6 March 2021 Paul Bonhomme and Xavier Cailhol skied La Cathédrale (1600m, 5.4-5.5/E4) down Rochers du Rochail in the Oisans massif, France.

Yosemite Half Dome integral ski descent by Zach Milligan, Jason Torlano

American alpinists Jason Torlano and Zach Milligan have skied down Half Dome. This is reputed to be the first integral descent from the summit all the way back down into Yosemite Valley.

Paul Bonhomme skis new line down Mont Pélago in Mercantour massif, France

French mountain guide Paul Bonhomme has made a new ski descent down Mont Pélago (2768m) the Mercantour massif in France. The 600m descent is called Les Larmes d’Ulysse.

11.02.2021 by Planetmountain in Competitions

Ski Mountaineering World Cup: Axelle Gachet-Mollaret, Matteo Eydallin, Marianne Fatton, Oriol Cardona Coll triumph in Flaine

Last weekend Axelle Gachet-Mollaret and Matteo Eydallin won the Individual category of the third stage of the 2020/2021 Ski Mountaineering World Cup in Flaine, France. The Sprint event was won by Marianne Fatton and Oriol Cardona Coll.


09.02.2021 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Farewell to Cala Cimenti and Patrick Negro

Carlo Alberto Cimenti, best known as Cala, and Patrick Negro perished yesterday in an avalanche while skiing in the mountains of Susa Valley in Italy.

Gold Card Couloir first ski descent in Canada by Brette Harrington, Christina Lustenberger, Andrew McNab

Brette Harrington, Christina Lustenberger and Andrew McNab have made the first ski descent of Gold Card Couloir located between Mount Burnham and Mount Grady in the Monashee Mountains, Canada.

Ski Mountaineering World Cup: Axelle Gachet-Mollaret, Robert Antonioli, Rémi Bonnet win in Verbier

Last weekend at Verbier in Switzerland Robert Antonioli and Axelle Gachet-Mollaret won the Individual race of the second stage of the Ski Mountaineering World Cup 2020/2021. Gachet-Mollaret and Rémi Bonnet won the Vertical race.


02.02.2021 by Planetmountain in Environment

Farewell to Galliano Bordin, founder of AKU

Galliano Bordin, the founder of the Italian footwear company AKU, passed away aged 85 on Saturday. The son of a family of shoemakers, Bordin founded the company at Montebelluna in Northern Italy and exported walking shoes, trekking and mountaineering boots and outdoor footwear to over 30 countries around the world including Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

North Face of Chaperon first ski descent by Paul Bonhomme, Xavier Cailhol

Paul Bonhomme and Xavier Cailhol have made the first ski descent of the hitherto untouched North Face of Chaperon. Éperon des Saltimbanques is 1200m long and been graded 5.4/E4

The Secret Garden on Pointe de Blonnière, new ski descent by Paul Bonhomme, Vivian Bruchez



On 05/01/2021 Frenchmen Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez skied a new line on Mount Blonnière 2362m, Aravis, called The Secret Garden.

More steep skiing explored in the Dolomites

In 2020 Francesco Vascellari and Loris De Barba made what is likely to be the first ski descent of the South Face of Cima Ambrizzola in the Dolomites. A few months later they concluded another project with Davide D'Alpaos, namely the probable first descent of the west face of Croda de Marchi Sud in the Marmarole group.

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