Been off today searching for more interesting snow shoe routes, and had one of the best days out ever - blue skies, powder, and stunning views. Just popped along the road this morning to Liddes in the Swiss Valais region and tackled a route which I had never attempted before on a ridge up to the Creta de Vella. It appeared in a new snowshoe guide which is just out and I thought I would check it out. What a wonderful ascent through the forest with trees coated in light fluffy powder snow. Wonderful views of the Grand Combin, Mont Dolent, the Grand Jorasses and even Mont Blanc sneaking in on the far horizon - absolutely stunning. After a long climb a stop for lunch in the sun and then back down through the powder with the snow flying past my waist. A stunning gem of a route and more or less on my doorstep - what could be better! Snow conditions are definitely the best for years and more to come by the looks of the forecast.