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    Some Photo's from Switzerland

    Had the opportunity to tag along with my girlfriend to Switzerland last October on a business trip that took us to the town of Saas-Fee most known for it's glacier skiing training grounds. After a couple days of skiing on the glacier we extended the trip for a few days of riding, it was pretty spectacular, here are a few shots from that trip, we also rode in Zermatt for a couple of days. It was kinda a last minute trip, but I downloaded a few gps tracks before I left, but as I examined them later most where dirt roads. But looking at topo maps on my gps and phone it became apparent there where trails everywhere so we just followed my intuition and every day had some great adventures. We typically got about 2K of climbing in with an additional lift ride in the morning to start us up high, sometimes using buses or trains to return from point to points.

    One great things was we got to load the lifts at Saas-fee before the general public, amazing sunrises from on top
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    BAD ASS!!!!

    Thank you.

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    So stereotypically Swiss.

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    Recognize Gornergratbahn, MarkTwain weg, Blumenweg, trail on Weisshorn flank and dh to Randa and Tasch. Looks pretty good for last minute. Well done

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    Awesome pics. Have friends going over there in a couple weeks, bummed I couldn't go with them. No smoke obscuring everything either!

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    OMG! Drooling... awesome pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    Recognize Gornergratbahn, MarkTwain weg, Blumenweg, trail on Weisshorn flank and dh to Randa and Tasch. Looks pretty good for last minute. Well done
    Now that I think back on my hurried research it was a trip report of yours that gave me the ideal on the tasch route, I had problems with the gps links on the site I looked at, but figured out a route looking at maps, was stoked on that ride!

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    I leave at the end of the month for the Dolomites doing a hut to hut thang, beyond stoked and yea hopefully smoke free, day after day of dealing with smoke is getting old.

    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    Awesome pics. Have friends going over there in a couple weeks, bummed I couldn't go with them. No smoke obscuring everything either!

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    Awesome, thanks for posting this. My wife occasionally does work trips to Switzerland, and we were talking about me coming along next time and getting a day or two of riding in. Did you rent (assume yes)? Did you find sufficient info online, or did you hire a guide?

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    I did rent, but at the end of the month for my next trip Iím bringing my own bike although I did have pretty decent rentals, brought my own pedals. Sure it depends on the airline but looks like my bike will travel free for my trip to Italy. I did not use a guide, I was able to purchase a secondhand chip with the topoís and trails for all of Switzerland for my gps. There was an app I loaded called SwitzerlandMobility that had the same info but did not really work offline but maybe would if you paid for it instead of the free version. Also AllTrails has topos and maps for the world. Google maps was invaluable for getting from place to place using public transportation. You should go!

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    Dude! Just. Ok.
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    nice TR! looks like i need to bike zermatt again someday soon.

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    Zermatt. Yes/no? Tips for trails? Been on my list for a while but lift prices are crazy.

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    Zermatt is not cheap and even in October it was very busy with tourists but once a little ways from where the lift access terminates it was very uncrowded to the point we never even saw another person on some trails. One negative being there at the time was some lifts had shut down for the season. As expensive as a lift ride up was, we would only do it once a day and make a day of it. In saas-fee itís self they had no lift served bike access you had to earn it yourself for the most part, cool thing there you got a citizen pass if you stay in a local hotel which did give you free access to public buses and the lifts in town and surrounding villages. One day we rode a trail to a lower village that did have bike lift access they did charge a additional $5 to take your bike up but that was the entire cost with the citizen pass, we did that twice one day with different routes down, then got a free ride on the bus back up to saas-fee which had bike racks on it. Not sure if there are other areas like this in Switzerland but lift access can be much cheaper than in Zermatt. Be ready to get your switchback on, many trails there Iím sure have been there 100ís of years and can have crazy amounts of switchbacks as they drop back into the valleys.

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    Good tips, thanks. I met a BC resident on the Chamonix trails a few years ago who said that Zermatt was hands-down the highlight of his trip and it's been on my hit-list ever since. I could stomach the price now but not sure how many riding buddies I'll be able to convince.

    Slow tech is the strongest part of my riding; I learned to ride on alpine walking trails.

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    Stunning pics...thanks for sharing!
    Buy the ticket...take the ride.

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    Awesome photos! How was the skiing?

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    Skiing was good considering the time of year, a lot of real estate was taken up by teams training, the half pipe and terrain park which limited where you could go, but it was fun and beautiful up there

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