Icicle - December 2017 news

No need to be "dreaming of a white Christmas". The snow is already here, and our winter season is ramping up. We've had several weeks of Winter Toubkal ascents already, and even the Atlas mountains in Morocco have seen good snowfalls this week. Now our focus turns towards the Scottish Winter, and the Alpine ice, snowshoeing, off piste and ski touring, and even winter trail running! Here in the Lake District, there's been good snowfalls, and the crampons have already been out to play.



  There's no shortage of reports of 'snowmageddon' both from the Alps, and in the UK. This week sees yet more huge snowfalls in Europe, and for the conditions geeks, click our links to the left.

Chamonix off piste
Join us for a week of ski guiding and glacier off piste, based in Chamonix. Our trip includes B&B for the week, and all ski guiding. Just £799, and two ski levels to choose from.
Chamonix conditions blog
If you passionately follow the changing route conditions in the Alps, then you'll be delighted to hear that Kingsley from our guiding team, is now a regular guest blogger for Trek & Mountain magazine. Click on the logo to the right, to view all the blog posts.

  Mountain news roundup
Success for Leo Houlding on Spectre in Antarctica, link. Controversy is bubbling up over Kilian Jornets Everest GPS files, link. 'The Art of Freedom' wins the Boardman Tasker prize 2017, link. Mount Hope is announced UK's highest peak, link. French climbers establish a new route on the South face of Nuptse, link. Ben Fogle and Victoria Pendleton aim to 'conquer' Everest, link.
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Our 2018 brochure launch was a huge success, with hundreds of downloads, and post bags of hard copies sent out. In these tricky economic and political times, others have abandoned the production of a brochure this year, but we've stuck with our values and listened to your feedback. That's the value of being an independent company, where service comes before profit.
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Upcoming course spaces...
These trips can be booked online for immediate confirmation. We also build bespoke trips for individuals and groups. Get in touch...

17 Dec - 4 Jan - climb - Aconcagua - £3499 (1 space) - itinerary
17-23 Dec - ski - Aosta Ski Tour - £1099 (2 spaces) - itinerary
23 - 30 Dec - climb - Winter Toubkal - £525 (3 spaces) - itinerary
30 Dec - 6 Jan - climb - Winter Toubkal - £525 (3 spaces) - itinerary
6-7 Jan - run - Intro Fell Running - £99 (3 spaces) - itinerary
12-14 Jan - climb - Scottish Winter Skills - £325 (2 sp) - itinerary
13-14 Jan - run - Ultra Trail Weekend - £149 (3 spaces) - itinerary
21-27 Jan - ski - Cham Intro Touring - £799 (2 spaces) - itinerary
12-14 Jan - climb - Val de Cogne Ice - £1449 (1 sp) - itinerary
21-27 Jan - trek - Chamonix Snowshoeing - £799 (3sp) - itinerary
28 Jan-3 Feb - run - Gran Canaria running - £799 (4 sp) - itinerary

Alpine winter trails
This photo just sums up the potential of winter trails in the Alps, through snowy forests. Join our weekend on 23 - 25 Feb 2018. Price £299 (includes two days guiding and B&B).
Thirlmere zip wire application
Tree Top Treks has made the ethically unconscionable decision to apply to install 8 zip wires across Thirlmere in the Lake District. We strongly oppose this attempt to ruin a unique landscape, and you can find details of how to object, clicking on the logos to the right.

Elbrus ski tour

Ski the highest summit in Europe via the remote north route. £1499, dates April, May & June 2018.

Mont Blanc

2018 dates already live. Booking deposit is £250. We have frozen prices for next year for these trips


Enjoy a week of spectacular landscapes and snowshoe summits. Just. £799 inc. B&B and guiding.

Scottish winter

Our season is shaping up well, and we offer skills weekends, full weeks, and private guiding options.

UK ultra trail

Running your first long trail run in 2018? Join our Lakes based weekend on 13-14 Jan 2018, to learn key skills.

Cham Off Piste

Select from level 1 or 2, with dates on mid-season snow sure weeks. Just £799 for guiding and B&B.

Winter Toubkal
Our most popular winter trip ascends the highest peak in North Africa, in the Morrocan Atlas, with two nights in Marrakesh. There's still availability on Christmas & New Year weeks. £525.
Want a pair of socks for Christmas?
Thought not! If you are dreading the prospect of this, or want to give friends or relatives an idea of what to get you, ask for some gift vouchers, which you can use towards items from our shop, or towards one of our trips. Choose voucher amounts from £35 up to £250.
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