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  1. #17076
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    Quote Originally Posted by nordekette View Post
    Fo real??????? Or is there a secret code in the question marks?

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    it looks pretty horrendous. probably two weeks at least. and the pattern is so fucking persistent. I'm not a long term weather guy as you might know, but this high pressure is pretty sticky.
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  2. #17077
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    Weekend delivered a lot more than expected here.

    Somehow Nordkette picked up a good 40cms from the forecast dusting. Of course it was schralped to the ice below after one run (heavy bombing before it opened too), but the first run was pretty nice for a Sunday morning.

    Buddy claims it:



    Then we switched location for the afternoon. Again, better than expected (we weren't expecting much)!







    Yesterday wasn't too bad either (old windbuffed powder interspersed with hard crusts on the non-flat bits)






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    servas,
    I had to think twice to figure the location out : )
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  4. #17079
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    Hey, folks. Anyone have a bootfitter recommendation for Zermatt? For AT boots? Thanks.

  5. #17080
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    Heading to St. Anton at the end of the month (Jan. 25-27th). Wife has a work thing in Munich. Trying to figure out whether we should hire a guide for one of those days. She's a decent skier, but doesn't have too much experience with any sort of non-groomed snow. Would hiring guide for for us both make sense? Any recommendations? We could also just do separate lessons. I've heard that the instructors will take you into some fun terrain. I'm bringing my avy gear, but if I'm skiing solo I'm not going to venture too far off on my own.

    Also, how are the rentals in St. Anton? We've got a few train transfers on the way to and from Munich and there's some concern that having a ski bag to wheel around might be a bit of a pain.

  6. #17081
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClarkleberryFinn View Post
    Weekend delivered a lot more than expected here.
    Making the most of things. Nice write up in the TR thread. Nice going Finn

  7. #17082
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    Quote Originally Posted by bern43 View Post
    Heading to St. Anton at the end of the month (Jan. 25-27th). Wife has a work thing in Munich. Trying to figure out whether we should hire a guide for one of those days. She's a decent skier, but doesn't have too much experience with any sort of non-groomed snow. Would hiring guide for for us both make sense? Any recommendations? We could also just do separate lessons. I've heard that the instructors will take you into some fun terrain. I'm bringing my avy gear, but if I'm skiing solo I'm not going to venture too far off on my own.

    Also, how are the rentals in St. Anton? We've got a few train transfers on the way to and from Munich and there's some concern that having a ski bag to wheel around might be a bit of a pain.
    With http://arlberg-guides.at/ based near the Gampen lift, they first ask to sort yourself, then do an evaluation run before heading out. Best deal I found there. They successively discount each day one returns.

    St. Anton has lots of rentals but is not inexpensive.
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  8. #17083
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    @mulletizer, fyi, zermatt yosimite ski shop was recommended by a zermatt local for all things backcountry and gear. may have boot fitters. the place looked well equipped.


    had a good early season trip to euro to get into ski shape. going to have to look into to doing some training out there. that simplon pass above brig swiss had a ton of snow, great access, and expansive touring options. looks tremendous. what an area to live by. best drive up and ski tour location i have seen.


    courmayer and mote rosa stafal has great early season coverage bottom to top and off piste would be gtg on a powder day, especially monte rosa stafal. be a good year to hit the aosta valley up.


    zermatt and cervinia high piste held very well 7 days after last snow with seemingly mild temps.
    could not believe how well sunbaked cervinia piste held up. super fun piste and chill vibe over there.

    perferred cervinia if the sun was out and zermatt if it is was not sunny.
    favorite piste run was hitting the 8:00 zermatt gornergrat train for the top rope drop up top for the fresh groomers, then roll over to cervinia.


    cervnia off piste seems much more manageable for an alps rookie if one were to just show up on a powder day. monte rosa staffal as well. some of that zermatt stuff, not so much, expertise warranted.


    some off piste zermatt is super rocky and extreme shark country. coverage was good but needs a big dump and the snow to not blow away. got reined in quick as fresh tracks were met with rocks. softest snow found was the ridge bailing off into trees to the rifflerapp train stop, but then one had to wait for the train.


    zermatt is a super impressive ski resort with little to no queuing on even the busiest days if the whole mountain is open. definitely more bang for the buck than top us resorts. swiss and italians were all super friendly.

  9. #17084
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    Quote Originally Posted by bern43 View Post
    Heading to St. Anton at the end of the month (Jan. 25-27th). Wife has a work thing in Munich. Trying to figure out whether we should hire a guide for one of those days. She's a decent skier, but doesn't have too much experience with any sort of non-groomed snow. Would hiring guide for for us both make sense? Any recommendations? We could also just do separate lessons. I've heard that the instructors will take you into some fun terrain. I'm bringing my avy gear, but if I'm skiing solo I'm not going to venture too far off on my own.

    Also, how are the rentals in St. Anton? We've got a few train transfers on the way to and from Munich and there's some concern that having a ski bag to wheel around might be a bit of a pain.
    Depends if it snows. If it has snowed in the last 4 to 5 days and you want to sniff out some pow I would get a guide. They will find some decent fluff. If it hasn't snowed, then I wouldn't bother. Just explore on your own.

    Jenewein has great skis for rent. Don't know prices, but it's one of the few that has a wide assortment of fat skis in the Alps. Martin is a great guy as well.
    He who has the most fun wins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bern43 View Post
    Also, how are the rentals in St. Anton? We've got a few train transfers on the way to and from Munich and there's some concern that having a ski bag to wheel around might be a bit of a pain.
    If you're asking, the answer is almost always rent. Unless you score that early morning or late night transfer through Salzberg, just bring your boots (or not) and rent everything in St. A. Imo, make the travel fun, decrease the transfer stress, have a beer en route and rent. If they gouge you, go somewhere cheaper next season.

  11. #17086
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    Quote Originally Posted by vegas View Post
    @mulletizer, fyi, zermatt yosimite ski shop was recommended by a zermatt local for all things backcountry and gear. may have boot fitters.
    Thanks, dude. Looks like a good bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletizer View Post
    Thanks, dude. Looks like a good bet.
    Lee at https://www.julensport.ch/ is quite famous as a bootfitter. I didn't try myself, but heard recommendations from several people.

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    Went touring today from Klosters after being States-side for the past three weeks. I was pleasantly surprised by the snow quality. Not saying it was excellent, but much better than I expected.


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    Quote Originally Posted by danila View Post
    Lee at https://www.julensport.ch/ is quite famous as a bootfitter. I didn't try myself, but heard recommendations from several people.
    Thanks. Been suggested to me (offline), so probably a good shout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletizer View Post
    Thanks. Been suggested to me (offline), so probably a good shout.
    Hey Lightweight, howzabouta some Zmatt ski porn?
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    First i skied this and then moved around the corner for the 2nd one.

    Skied like shit but kept me busy for 1/2 day. During the first climb i dreamed of better conditions. NahhhClick image for larger version. 

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    Lazy day : ) did not know what to do...
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    Found surprisingly good snow today all over G3k. Mostly smooth, fast, firm compact pow. Ice where it's been blown off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Hey Lightweight, howzabouta some Zmatt ski porn?
    It’s not for me, it’s for my ma. I can’t afford Zermatt...

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    Solala Click image for larger version. 

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    looks like so much snow, and soo much fun. Stay stoked
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  23. #17098
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    Off to Andermatt on Thursday. Snow forecast slowly improving.
    Any views on which lines on Gemsstock are likely to be in better condition?

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    Same same but different!

    Did not make it switch to the road : )
    Still claiming it. Took me some time to final tick it off. I saw the line 5 years ago... and always thought one day. Today : )Click image for larger version. 

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    Looks rad

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