Monday, March 26, 2012

Ski Tour from Italy to Switzerland and back again

Charles Sherwood and his daughter Tabatha and I have just finished a wonderful ski tour.
It was Tabatha's 1st ski tour and it had just about everything from really bad snow to light fluffy powder. The one thing it didn't have was bad weather.
We started with a warm up run by skiing the Vallee Blanche , then in the afternoon we drove around to Champoluc [part of the huge Monte Rosa lift system]
The next morning we packed our ski touring kit and headed for our 1st night in the Vigevano Refuge. We spent the day teaching Tabatha how to use the skins and how to deal with awful horrible snow, which wasn't the original plan - but it is what it is.
After a great night in the Vigevano we headed up and climbed Vincent Pyramid 4200 meters. We then had the added bonus of brilliant snow on the descent back to the Mantova Refuge.
The next morning we left the refuge at 6.45am. two and a bit hours later we arrived at the Col de Lys. From there it was 2700meters of wonderful snow down the Grenz glacier all the way into Zermatt.

After a luxurious night in the world famous Riffelalp Hotel we skied down to Furi and picked up the Kliene Matterhorn cable car. From there we skied down the piste back into Italy before peeling off the track and heading down the breathtaking descent down to Champalouc and the car. Click on the tittle to see the whole trip. or paste this link

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