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The main reason why it's been deadly quiet on this blog over the last 5 months, more or less, is because I have been spending the winter in the amazing area of Chamonix Mont Blanc in France. Far from floating water, drysuits, kayaks and Greenland rolls. Instead I changed all of that for skis, skins, goggles and snow. And it has been an amazing winter in the Alps this year with snow up to the roof tops.

Steppping out of the door each day I saw Mont Blanc looking straight at me. This impressive mountain that used to be the highest mountain in the "old" Europe didn't seem to care that Mount Elbrus is now in the history books as the highest peak in the "new" Europe. It knows it's own potential and it looked very inviting. Ok, maybe not every day. Especially not when the wind was running around the corner like a maniac. But still, there is something special about spending time in an environment where you're surrounded by mountain needles sharp as the intelligence of a Nobel prize winner.

I must admit that I have always been in love with the ocean and the mountains have never really been that attractive to me. Growing up in "pancake land" my local "mountain" was 187,5 meters low. I always enjoyed walking up that hill through the forest on small trails zig zaging among the trees. But arriving at the top I always sighed looking at the ocean, wishing I was out there in a boat rather than standing there watching it. I was drawn to the amazing blue color of the water and to the big open space the ocean was offering. So the choice has always been an easy one for me:

Ocean: 1 - Mountains: 0

Then things started to happen in Wales last winter when I had been kayaking for about 19 out of the 31 days in January and I realized that I was getting colder and colder during the days on the water. I wasn't loosing the love for it but I also noticed that my eyes were getting drawn to the Snowdonia Mountain Range you can see from Anglesey. Maybe I should give it a try, I thought. So I went to explore some of the peaks in the mountain range there with friends and on my own. And I really enjoyed it. So for the rest of that spring I mixed the ocean with the mountains and found a really nice and exciting balance in life.

So what to do the following winter then? Well, why not activate the few French words I leaned in high school, get prepared to eat a lot of long bread and delicious cheese, wax the skis and head for Chamonix? Forget about the kayaking for a while and get new experiences. So I did and what a good decision that was. It was the best winter in 50 years when it comes to the amount of snowfall and I had some true magical moments in the mountains with skis on my feet. And I have now surrendered. The mountains have put a spell on me!

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Her majesty Mont Blanc!

Her majesty Mont Blanc!

Walking down the ridge of Auiguille du Midi.

Walking down the ridge of Auiguille du Midi.

The frozen river is moving slowly towards us. Better get out of it's way.

The frozen river is moving slowly towards us. Better get out of it's way.

With good friends skiing down la Vallee Blanche. A trip I did a few times this winter and it was just amazing every single time!

With good friends skiing down la Vallee Blanche. A trip I did a few times this winter and it was just amazing every single time!

In the Auiguille Rogue we found the big untouched snow fields one day and we almost dropped our jaws.

In the Auiguille Rogue we found the big untouched snow fields one day and we almost dropped our jaws.

I told you, there was A LOT of snow this winter. Good for me that it was so soft...

I told you, there was A LOT of snow this winter. Good for me that it was so soft...

I also took the time to do some crevasse rescue training. Better make sure you know what you're doing.

I also took the time to do some crevasse rescue training. Better make sure you know what you're doing.

And I did a day with Avalanche Academy, focusing on avalanche awareness. Lot's of sticks in the air here!

And I did a day with Avalanche Academy, focusing on avalanche awareness. Lot's of sticks in the air here!

One of many great days in the bowls at Grands Montets. Sally is enjoying the powder.

One of many great days in the bowls at Grands Montets. Sally is enjoying the powder.

A triple win; soft snow, blue sky, sharp mountain.

A triple win; soft snow, blue sky, sharp mountain.

Italy is showing off!

Italy is showing off!

Climbing up the Col du Passon.

Climbing up the Col du Passon.

And fully enjoying the ski down on the other side of Col du Passon towards le Tour. What a day!

And fully enjoying the ski down on the other side of Col du Passon towards le Tour. What a day!

Chamonix! I've fallen in love with you. I will be back! :-)

Chamonix! I've fallen in love with you. I will be back! :-)

But first I'm looking forward to a spring and summer with lots of fantastic days on the water.

But first I'm looking forward to a spring and summer with lots of fantastic days on the water.

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