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It's been a winter of extremes; huge dumps of snow and then rapid melts, high avalanche risk days and quick transformations to stable snowpacks, active weather fronts then stable anti-cyclones. We owe a huge amount to our guiding team for making all our trips successful and safe, and it's been a very busy winter season so far. Our first Haute Route ski tour teams have reached Zermatt, and now we are in the midst of the classic winter Alpine ski touring season. Further afield, groups have summited Aconcagua, Toubkal and Kilimanjaro. Even better, there's sun today in the Lake District!
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Icicle latest films and photos from courses and trips

Above are the top films, showcasing recent trips and mountain conditions. This month we feature winter trail running in Chamonix, Lake District fell running, Off Piste skiing, and snowshoeing to the Loriaz refuge. Click on any of the films to play. Below these are the top Instagram posts...


Winter Mt Toubkal, Morocco, £499
Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and you climb using crampons and an ice axe for security. No previous winter mountaineering experience is required, as all skills are taught on the trek. For acclimatisation you ascend Ouanoukrim 4089m before Mount Toubkal. The last dates this winter are; 1 - 8 Apr, 15 - 22 Apr, 22 - 29 Apr, & 27 May - 3 Jun.
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Italian snowshoeing weekends, £249
For those looking for a great weekend adventure, you can't get much more visual overload than two days snowshoeing in north Italy, overlooking the vast south face of Mont Blanc. A key feature of this course, is spending a night in a luxury mountain hut, with duvets on beds, four course evening meals and a bar with beer on tap. Not bad eh? Dates; 15-16 April, 22-23 April.
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Zermatt Backcountry ski week, £1299
For those looking for challenging off piste and day ski tours in stunning scenery, surrounded by 4000m peaks. From the highest cable car of the Klein Matterhorn, you ski tour up Breithorn 4164m, and you ski all the way back to the valley with over 2600m of vertical descent. Accommodation is in central Zermatt hotel, with 5 days of IFMGA guiding. Date; 23 - 29 Apr 2017 (2 spaces).
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Bob Graham 3 day recce, £499
Keswick hotelier Bob Graham first ran this route in 1932, and it's the classic circuit of 42 of the highest Lake District peaks, in a loop of 66 miles, with 26,000 feet of ascent, a holy grail for fell runners. We offer a guided three day circuit, where you stay two nights during the challenge in local hostels / bunkhouses on a half board basis. Next dates; 2-4 May 2017 (2 spaces).
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Icicle worldwide mountain news
Big-wall pioneer Royal Robbins is remembered, link. BMC exec is facing a no confidence vote, link. Plans are made to upgrade the Chamonix Le Tour ski area, link. Keswick Mountain Festival speakers include Jas Paris, Nicky Spinks, & Chris Bonnington, link. Amazing speed-flying footage from Canada, link, Sheepdog Nell is rescued after 12 night in Lochaber gorge, link.
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Cham off piste
Last chance for a week of off piste guided skiing, with B&B in Chamonix. £699. Next date; 2-8 April 2017.
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  Mt Blanc 2017
Several weeks now full or with limited availability for this summer. Only a deposit £250 required to book.
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Haute Route
Ski from Chamonix to Zermatt, with an updated itinerary, and contingency day built in. £1099 inc guiding & huts.
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Ultra weekend
Lake District training weekend for those planning their first ultra race. Includes night run. £149. Date; 6-7 May 2017.
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Paradiso tour
An undiscovered paradise for ski touring, with a 4000m peak and amazing huts. £1099. 2-8 and 16-22 April.
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Matterhorn
Book now for guaranteed spaces on this iconic peak. £1799 including 1:1 guiding on the main ascent.
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Last minute course places
These trips are guaranteed, fully bonded, and can be booked online for immediate confirmation. We also have a waiting list for people looking to build a bespoke trip, to share guiding. Get in touch...
2 - 8 Apr 2017 - ski - Gran Paradiso Ski Tour - £1099 Italy (2 spaces) - itinerary link
2 - 8 Apr 2017 - ski - Chamonix Off Piste level 1 - £699 Chamonix (1 space) - itinerary link
2 - 8 Apr 2017 - climb - Winter Intro Mountaineering - £849 Chamonix (2 spaces) - itinerary link
2 - 9 Apr 2017 - ski - Haute Route Ski Tour - £1099 FR- CH (2 spaces) - itinerary link
3 April 2017 - ski - Avalanche Safety Day - £75 Chamonix (2 spaces) - itinerary link
9-16 Apr 2017 - ski - Haute Route Ski Tour - £1099 FR- CH (3 spaces) - itinerary link
14-23 Apr 2017 - ski - Elbrus Ski Tour - £1499 Russia (2 spaces) - itinerary link
15-16 Apr 2017 - trek - Italian Snowshoe Weekend - £249 Courmayeur (2 spaces) - itinerary link
15-22 Apr 2017 - climb - Winter Toubkal - £499 Morocco (2 spaces) - itinerary link
16-22 Apr 2017 - ski - Gran Paradiso Ski Tour - £1099 Italy (4 spaces) - itinerary link
16-22 Apr 2017 - ski - Intro Ski Touring Week - £699 Chamonix (4 spaces) - itinerary link
22-23 Apr 2017 - trek - Italian Snowshoe Weekend - £249 Courmayeur (2 spaces) - itinerary link
23-29 Apr 2017 - ski - Zermatt backcountry - £1299 Switzerland (2 spaces) - itinerary link
23-29 Apr 2017 - ski - Oberland Ski Touring - £1099 Switzerland (4 spaces) - itinerary link
29-30 Apr 2017 - run - Trail & Fell Running - £99 Lake District (2 spaces) - itinerary link
2-4 May 2017 - run - Bob Graham Recce - £499 Lake District (2 spaces) - itinerary link
6-7 May 2017 - run - Ultra Trail Weekend - £149 Lake District (2 spaces) - itinerary link
6 May 2017 - run - Lakes Night Runner - £40 Lake District (2 spaces) - itinerary link
13-14 May 2017 - run - Trail & Fell Running - £99 Lake District (3 spaces) - itinerary link
21-27 May 2017 - ski - Ski Mont Blanc - £1599 Chamonix (1 space) - itinerary link
3-4 June 2017 - trek - Alpine Training Weekend - £99 Lake District (2 spaces) - itinerary link
10-11 June 2017 - run - Trail & Fell Running - £99 Lake District (3 spaces) - itinerary link
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