Christmas Greeting Pictures from the Swiss Mountains

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Some Powder on Chlein Schwarzhorn (Flüela, Davos)

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12 December 2014: There is not much snow yet in the Canton of Grison (“Graubünden”); actually, up to about 2000m there is hardly any! I drove up to the Flüela Pass, which is still open for cars and skinned up … Continue reading

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New, Light Touring & Backcountry Skis – Recent Tests (2014)

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Movement X-Logix (on epic ski tour from Pischahorn to Klosters) The new season brought us some new skis that are worth mentioning. The trend to wider and lighter skis continues. Some magazines already published tests of new (and older) backcountry … Continue reading

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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 in Andermatt

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Comment: This is a very popular and easy tour and thus can be crowded, especially on sunny weekends. Central Switzerland got over half a meter of fresh snow last week and André Müller and myself headed to Andermatt this Saturday … 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. It snowed pretty heavily in mid October and  we were eager to get the skis under our feet. … 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 (www.slf.ch). Here are some conclusions which I thought are … Continue reading

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