There is no doubt that I have a weakness for certain terrains: I love couloirs and rocky slopes. Beside their beauty, they have in common that you usually have to skin up to get there, if you don't want to find them in "la Grave"-conditions full of moguls.
Eines muss gesagt sein. Zum Skitouren waren die Ostertage 2018 alles andere als einfach. Mit dem vielen Neuschnee und der hohen Lawinengefahr konnte man in weiten Teilen der Schweizer Alpen kaum wirklich was machen. Aber oft wird man genau an diesen Tagen mit unvergesslichen Tourenerlebnissen beglückt. Und genau dies ist uns diese Ostern passiert.
Even though my home mountains in Engelberg Valley are covered with lots of snow since early winter, we went south to ski offpiste. We headed to Passo del Tonale, just north of Adamallo massif. Passo del Tonale offers great skiing for those you don't mind to walk for their powder runs.
Starting our ski road trip at the airport of Milano, we decided to travel to the very south of the Italian Alps. Weather forecast seemed to be very promising: lots of fresh snow in Limone Piemonte and Argentera area, followed by really cold temperaturs. Luckily weather forecast was more than right. We were skiing in the lightest powder snow in all aspects, and this at end of February.
Val d'Anniviers, surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Alps, offers great offpiste terrain. In this
beautiful valley, the best runs are reached by using your skins. Thanks to this you can find good skiing even days after the last snow fall. Also "powder stress" doesn't seem to exist here. Often
you have to deal in this valley with an old snow avalanche pattern due to its dry clima. But thanks to the huge snow dumps in January 2018, things are different now!
After a really good winter start in November we experienced a snowy December in the Swiss Alps. Great
about December offpiste skiing are the facts, that sunny slopes stay powdery and you don't have to share the snow that much. January also brought lots of snow, but unfortunately it was
often windy and we had to deal with a high snow fall level. So chasing for the best snow was not always easy.