Skiing is a passion and a way of life. 

If it's got snow on it, it's skiable - not necessarily sensible, but skiable.

In professional life, I'm a scientist, academic and entrepreneur. But my passion is skiing, and each winter season brings its own special adventures.

I'd rather be on the mountain thinking about science than in the lab thinking about skiing

To see what I'm up to, keep track, or to engage with others, follow me on Twitter @couloirjunkie

Research groups

The best places to ski

St Anton


Monte Rosa



The Alpine Arc

From 2012 onwards, I have been part of a group attempting to ski tour across the Alps. We started in Ischgl in Austria and have so far reached Bardonecchia in Italy, skiing one week a year from hut to hut (where possible). This incredible adventure is chronicled in the below pages

Part One. Ischgl - Klosters - The Silvretta Tour
Part Two. Klosters-Andermatt - the Thwarted tour
Part Three. Andermatt-Lotschental - The Bernese Oberland Tour
Part Four. Lotschental-Verbier - The Injury Prone Tour
Part Five. Verbier - La Thuile - The Reverse Haute Route
Part Six. La Thuile-Bardonecchia - The Sunny Tour


 Recent skiing pictures

Favourite Couloirs

Links to my favourite couloirs, and ones I want to ski but haven't yet


Schindlergrat Chutes (St Anton)

ENSA couloir (Chamonix)

Arlenmähder Chutes (St Anton)

King Marley's Chute (Stuben)

Grand Couloir (Courchevel)

Lanserlia Couloir, Parc Vanoise

North America

Blowhole (Whistler)
Hangman's Hollow (Mammoth Mountain)

Sudain (now Couloir Extreme, Blackcomb)

Pallisades (Alpine Meadows)
KT22 (Squaw)
Scott's Chute (Snowbird)

On my list to do (open to suggestions!)
Le Giraffe (Andermatt)
Malfatta (Alagna)
Marinelli (Monte Rosa)
Baldy Chutes (Alta)
Corbett's Couloir (Jackson)

Mountain guide links

Here are some of the guides I've skied with and would highly recommend
Oscar Cametti (Mountain Experts)
Kathy Murphy
Stefano della Gasparini
Bruce Goodlad (Mountain Adventure)

Skiing videos

Alta Sucks - a couple of days when Alta was at it's worst (i.e. still pretty good!)
Armada TSTs - taking out my Armada's for the first time.
Losing it Big - What happens when Westward Ho is really big at Alta
Family St Anton -  a reminder of what the kids were like 7 years ago!

My Kit

Skis - Armada TST 2013 102mm 183cm
Bindings Dynafit Radicat ST
Boots - Touring - La Sportiva Spectre
Poles - ColdPoles. With Rum or whisky

David Bates

Last edited, 2/4/2018