Monday, April 03, 2017

Following the sun.

The request was an interesting ski tour which is challenging , but not too challenging with an overnight in a "nice" Mountain Hut. It is a "no brainer" at present. It is a very easy choice: the perfect over night ski tour is a night in the Wildstrubel Hut with a traverse of the Wildstrubel the following day. This is exactly what Catherine Lewis and her very good friend Henrietta Salvo did with me. We took the Funicular from Sierre to Crans Montana. We then rode the lift system to the summit of the Plans des Mortes Glacier and then skied off into thick impenetrable mist and high winds. This was not part of the plan but it is what it is- We battled our way to the Hut , where ,unsurprisingly we were the only guests. Yet our luck was to change . All along, the weather had been due to improve and improve it did. Early evening and late afternoon produced some stunning views from the balcony.
The following morning was perfect. Cold and clear with no wind and no one about. We left the hut at about 7.00am and were in position for more spectacular sunrises, before heading across the Plaine des Mortes glacier and up to the top of the Wildstrubel. We then skied down exceptional spring snow to the Gemi pass. We descended by cable car to Leukerbad and then to Leuk , caught the train back to Sierre and picked up the car. If there is a better on night two day ski tour show me it!

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