Things get pretty busy keeping WildSnow.com going, so sometimes I wish I could clone myself. Apparently, some of my counterparts in Austria already did that for their own gig.
I got a ride over to the Dynafit press event in Switzerland from Viennese twin brothers Axel and Andreas Jentzsch, who run what’s considered one of the most influential websites for mountain sports in central Europe, Bergsteigen.com. During the 3 hour drive the brothers kept up a superhuman workload of photographing various climbing and ski touring areas, answering their phones, checking things on a laptop with mobile wireless, and even finding time for a calorie stop.
We were headed for Dynafit’s fourth annual “Press Event,” their journalist junket they hold at a different classic European mountain hut every year. I’ve been to a lot of press events over my years of magazine writing and now blogging, and these Dynafit deals take the prize. They’re not particularly deluxe. No pole dancers or free luxury suites. Instead you hunker down with a bunch of like minded colleagues in what could be described as clean, well maintained, but funky accommodations. Like this year, when most of the men were lodged in one room with long continuous beds at the Sulzfluh Hut (actually a large lodge) in Switzerland. Earplugs, essential. On the Dynafit press junket plan you spend two nights, with a classic guided ski tour during the full day you’re there. The idea is sort of a roots seminar for those of us not from the ski touring motherland, and some goodwill banking (otherwise known as Coolaid drinking) for those who are.
The next day, we climbed and skied the Sulzfluh. I’ve got some good photos so I’ll be working on a trip report. Meanwhile, if you’re planning a ski trip in Switzerland, Sulzfluh Hutte and surrounding region are a recommended destination.