Backcountry Skiing in Switzerland

Post by blogger | March 14, 2006      

Max and Lori

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 ski touring trip a two day storm began and dumped one 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.

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”

  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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