In Search of Snow at Schilt

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While in Central Switzerland (Andermatt region) there is now (November 2014) up to 2m of snow, the snow cover further North or East is not great yet. With the usual fog in the Swiss “Mittelland” during the winter and also … Continue reading

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First Powder This Season on Stotzigen First (2747m) – Popular Ski Tour Close to Andermatt

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My tour rating (rating scale): L/Easy, little avalanche danger, good scenery, quite long) Central Switzerland got over half a meter of fresh snow last week and André Müller and myself headed to Andermatt this Saturday to check out the situation. … Continue reading

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Scaletta Pass (1 November 2014) – Already Winter?

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The weekend Beat Wipf and myself took out our (older) touring skis and headed for Dürrboden in the Dischma side valley of Davos to check out the snow conditions. I snowed pretty heavily in mid October  we were eager to get some snow under … Continue reading

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Avalanche Accidents – Conclusions from Research and Statistics for Backcountry Skiers

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While I am by no means an avalanche expert, I have had some experience with avalanches. I recently studied the various research and statistics, mostly published by the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF ( Here are some conclusions which I thought are … Continue reading

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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 also early in the season after the first snow falls (tour report October 2012). The terrain is … 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 from 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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