Backcountry Skiing in Switzerland – Guest Blog

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Lou, my buddies and my wife read your page everyday. We just got back from Zermatt, Switzerland and wanted to send you some photos you might post. I was amazed at the amount of snow — the second day of our trip a two day storm began and dumped 1 meter of snow. My wife and I skinned a little the first day of the storm and skied some open bowls. We looked off into the canyon and many small avalanches were coming down on their own. I am sorry to say there was one avalanche fatality during our visit.

Enjoy the photos.

– Max and Lori

Postcard ready, the world’s iconic peak rises after a clearning storm. The Matterhorn.

Backcountry skiing in Switzerland
Backcountry skiing in Switzerland.


2 Responses to “Backcountry Skiing in Switzerland – Guest Blog”

  1. Oliver March 14th, 2006 8:18 am

    Great pic of the Matterhorn.
    Let’s my heart beat faster everytime I see it and makes me feel a little homesick…..

  2. Paul March 15th, 2006 5:25 am

    Looking at the link to the avalanche fatalities reports it is very sobering. The beacons seem to live up to their moniker of body finders. The Recco too. Now, I know that this does not give reports for burials in which no one died, but of all of these reports, when someone died, there are a few situations with multiple burials, and the only time that there is a complete burial survivor was when his/her hand was sticking out of the snow.
    Pretty scary. I guess I should look to see if there was a report on that site that lists all of the non-fatality incidents and see how many complete burial resues there were.


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