Quick Ski Tour by Sulzfluh, Switzerland

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As happens with our blog travelogs, we’ll bounce around a bit timewise due to our “production schedule.” Here is one from a few days ago.

Promising terrain near the Sulzfluh Berghutte.

Enticing terrain near the Sulzfluh Berghutte.

Before the Dynafit press event enters full swing in Switzerland, we get out early for a short tour up around Sulzfluh. The weather is mild and the skin track wanders up the foothills at a gentle angle. Snow is variable, crusty and wind affected but we find lovely pockets of softer snow on northern exposures. We venture just far enough for a few hours of fresh air and views of enticing terrain for the days ahead.

High alpine farm houses are all over these foothills.

High alpine farm houses are all over these foothills.

We imagine how lovely it would be to live in one of these high alpine farm houses during the summer.

We imagine how lovely it would be to live in one of these high alpine farm houses during the summer.

A little bench on this hut to enjoy the view.

A little bench on this hut to enjoy the view.

Terrain west of Sulzfluh Hutte, the rolling topography to right is where you can get in fast laps. It's said to be one of the better corn-snow skiing areas during springtime, and isn't too shabby after a good powder storm.

Terrain west of Sulzfluh Hutte, the rolling topography to right is where you can get in fast laps. It's said to be one of the better corn-snow skiing areas during springtime, and isn't too shabby after a good powder storm. We did the marked summits over the next couple of days.

Skiing back down to Sulzfluh Berghutte.

Skiing back down to Sulzfluh Berghutte.

Sulzfluh Berghutte and surrounding farm houses come into view.

Sulzfluh Berghutte and surrounding farm houses come into view. This is looking opposite direction from the labeled photo above, as you can see the terrain is abundant for all types of backcountry skiing.

Just a quick trip above the skin-out ski-in hut, warming the legs and the soul.

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14 Responses to “Quick Ski Tour by Sulzfluh, Switzerland”

  1. Tom Gos January 16th, 2014 12:10 pm

    Thanks for the continued TRs from Euroland. Its interesting how when I was growing up in OH I desired to live and ski in the “big” mountains of CO, and now I desire for the “bigger” mountains of the Alps. Not sure if that means I’ve become just another jaded local or more inspired. Trying for inspired, of course this blog helps with that.

  2. Dan January 16th, 2014 1:18 pm

    Ditto for what Tom said above….please keep the Euro TRs coming.

  3. Joe John January 16th, 2014 1:47 pm

    Awesome photos…wish I was there too!!

  4. Patrick Fink January 16th, 2014 2:04 pm

    Sometimes, in the US, I find myself wondering about D5 avalanches, as in…how could an avalanche even reach a town.

    Then, you post photos like this, and I remember. Europe is built differently.

    Thanks for the stoke!

  5. Tom Gos January 16th, 2014 2:27 pm

    Patrick, I recall a recent news story here in CO where the director of the CAIC was quoted as saying that in CO we don’t get D5s because our mountains really don’t have enough vertical drop to produce avalanches with that much force. The Alps are a whole different scale of terrain.

  6. Skian January 17th, 2014 8:37 am

    Lisa, I am headed to Kitz for the downhill. Any report of conditions in Northern Tyrol?

  7. Frame January 17th, 2014 9:32 am

    Talking of Euro avalanches (though no homes under threat). The photo in this link leads me to rethinking some of my realatively safe slope theories.
    http://tinyurl.com/pswe3qc

  8. Lenka K. January 17th, 2014 9:48 am

    @Skian

    Conditions around Kitzbühel are very poor, with very little snow (around 40cm@2000m!). If you have a bit of time to spare, try going over to Osttirol via Felbertauern tunnel south of Kitzbühel, should take about an hour or so.

    Aim for valleys called “Defereggental” or, a bit further afield, “Villgratental”. Plenty of snow and loads of local charm, as these valleys have hardly been touched by the heavy-handed tourist industry on display in Kitzbühel.

    Lenka K.

  9. Gentle Sasquatch January 17th, 2014 10:07 am

    I have changed my itinerary to first week of March. Hoping for the situation around Salzburg to improve but will consider alternate huts just to track the snow coverage.

  10. Lisa January 17th, 2014 12:21 pm

    Lenka, thanks.
    Yes, Northern Tirol is dry. Good snow in Dolomites and Sud (South) Tirol though.

  11. cseilern January 17th, 2014 1:34 pm

    Hi Lisa/Lou – if you are still in the Oberland this weekend and in the area of the Diablerets / Wildhorn / Gstaad, drop by, ill be there touring (i go there all winter and there are some great tours). Some great gasthauser too!
    - Chris

  12. grinning January 18th, 2014 1:48 pm

    @frame

    Apparently it’s a 2007 photo – more on Snowheads.com off piste forum.

    Nevertheless it’s a sobering illustration.

  13. She January 19th, 2014 5:43 am

    Beautiful! I especially like the first photo.

  14. Alexmike January 22nd, 2014 7:01 am

    The photo caption and the place is really so beautiful. actually our Switzerland is the best and the most beautiful.

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