Pazola Stock – Easy to Reach 2740m Peak Above Oberalp Pass (Andermatt)

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The Pazola Stock is nice peak that can be easily climbed from Oberalp Pass (open all winter, 2000m). This small tour is suitable early in the season after the first snow falls (tour report October 2012). The terrain is not … Continue reading

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Skitouring Above 4000m in Zermatt – Castor (4223m) and Dufour Spitze (4634m, attempt only)

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The Zermatt region offers phantastic, high altitude ski touring with some of the 4000m peaks that can be reached easily. One starts at Klein Matterhorn top station at already 3900m. The easiest and closest peak with any real difficulties is … Continue reading

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Ski Touring in the Antarktis?

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Possible? Yes. Swiss mountains are certainly closer by … Video from Outside magazine:  

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Gletscher Ducan – Classic Ski Tour from Monstein or Sertig (Davos Area)

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The Gletscher Ducan (Gletscher = Glacier) is a 3000m peak reached in a few hours either from Monstein or Sertig. The small glacier North of the Gletscher Ducan offers a nice powder run (there is plenty of room for everyone). … Continue reading

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First Time on Pischa Horn This Season – Great (and Short) Ski Tour from Pischa Ski Area

The Pischa Horn, which can be reached from the Pischa Ski Area in about 1.5 to 2 hours, is almost 3000m high and offers phantastic views. I am usually up there 2-4 times every year.  This seaon – for whatever reason – I only climbed Pisch Horn in early March.

More on this tour can be found here and and in the tour guide of the Flüela Region.

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Gemsstock/Andermatt – A Freeriding (and Ski Touring) Paradise

The Gemsstock/Andermatt ski area (now called “Andermatt Sedrun Ski Arena” as the Gemsstock ski area will soon be connected to the Sedrun ski area) is a great freeriding area. Last Sunday (2 March 2014) there was about half a meter of new snow, so freeriders were lining up at the base station (and it took about 1 hour to get up to the top of Gemsstock,  which is just under 3000m).

We (André, Markus, Stephan, Mauri, Jürg, Rolf and myself) were greeted by perfect weather on the top (just above the fog). We skied down the steep South side and turn left (i.e. to the East) towards Vermigel hut with the plan to climb Piz Borel. The snow was deep and heavy and as the terrain flattened towards Vermigel hut, it was getting harder and harder to ski. So we turned back right (to the West) to reach Guspislücke (2833m), the small pass just North of the Pizzo Centrale. Stephan Hörler laid the tracks in the heavy snow and the rest followed enjoying the pristine scenery with no signs of civilization. Only the remote small hut (owned by ski legend Bernhard Russi) was visible for a while.


We crossed the small glacer called “Oberschatz Firn” (South of Pizzo Centrale) and were greeted on Guspislücke by a great panorama with views of Monto Rosa (Switzerland highest peak), Finsteraarhorn, Galenstock etc. etc. We then skied down to the Gotthard Pass road and arrived in Hospental just in time to catch the private shuttle bus back to Andermatt.

While we did not climb a high peak or skied down steep couloirs, everybody enjoyed the blue sunny sky, the phantastik scenery and the good company of friends.

Gemstock, we come again!! Here are some pictures:

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Pischa-Gatschiefer-Klosters: Epic Ski Tour with 2000m Downhill Powder

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Beat, Luzi and myself took advantage of the suprisingly nice weather to tackle this classic tour with twice 1 hour uphill and 2000 meters downhill. Together with two locals we were the first skiers on the tour after the snow … Continue reading

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