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TR: An incredible week in Central Switzerland (warning picture heavy!)

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By far the best week on snow I have ever had.....I will let the pics do the talking!

We started with a warm up day in Murren

Nice views of the Oberland
Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

Eiger Northface - some serious History right there

It was very warm but we managed a few pitches of spring snow of the schilthorn


We moved on to Andermatt staying at the Aurora Hotel (made famous in Goldfinger!) Highly recommended, immaculate,
great staff and great food and you even have a petrol station on site!


We had booked Dan Loutrel to guide us ##1## and owner of ##2## skis
Here we are at Dans Factory, Jack ended up buying a pair of Puder Luders, who could resist that top sheet!


First day it started to snow again luckily, so we just took it fairly easy looking for soft snow and anywhere with
some contrast (Andermatt does not have many trees!)


On the Tuesday it was still snowing but forecast to go blue in the afternoon.
By now it had snowed about 40cms so most of the crust had been covered up, just needed some visibilty!
Jack dropping into the fence couloir

Matt deep in the same

Dan guides the Summit couloir (nasty 45 degree ice at the top)

Looking back up at the summit couloir


After lunch it cleared and the fun really started
We did a run down Felsental for a "bluebird" warm up!
Then we headed over to the Gurschen (Giraffe). Dan noticed that no one had been in yet so we had the Privilege of opening this
classic Andermatt line. 1200m of untracked pow!
Dan checks it out

Jack drops in

Then Matt

I got in some great big fast turns on the apron

Looking back just the 4 tracks from us! We started from the middle left notch on the ridgeline...

It just kept going and going to the valley


Dan commented at the bottom that he had never skied it top to bottom in that great a condition...the Weiss beer was good that night!


Wednesday was still blue and there was still much untracked to be ridden
Jack on the warm up run, not a bad way to start the day!


Who needs coffee when this is the second run of the day!! Pretty darn steep - Dan checks if its soft!

Then he was off (the boy can ski)






short video of the drop here (porno commentary included!)

Giraffe Couloir, Andermatt from Nick Morrish
http://vimeo.com/38108575

I got in on the steep fun next

I took this from below - Matt fighting gravity

and then coming out hot onto the apron


what a great line

There was still acres of pow so we went and had fun lower down on the traverse back round to the Gemstock.
Me

Matt

Jack high above Andermatt (you can see the new development being built) just hope it doesn't ruin this great little town.



So back round for the third Gurschen variation (all opened by us)
Dan hikes

Just another untracked coulie


Again great snow even on the exit



In the afternoon we stepped it down a notch and went for a mellow tour off the back of Gemstock down the Guspis to Hospental
Skinning up

Mellow turns



Thursday it snowed all day but vis was rubbish so easy day cruising.

Friday it went bluebird again...
Matt on the warm up run

Then we did the sketchy high traverse from the top of the Gemstock, not particulary nice on board (50m above cliffs!) to access
the Hinter Gurschenalpetli
It was worth it though!

Looking back up and just beating a load of scandos to it!

Dan then let me go first on the next section (best 500m of my life on a board I suspect!)



OH MY GOD - ALASKAN MOVIE or ANDERMATT

Dan had another trick up his leave


The 50 degree Leidtal couloir! Steepest line I have ridden...exposed "got to make the turn" above the rock band!


It did slacken off to a mear 45ish, but with soft snow you could relax and really let it run



Nice turns on the apron

Traversing out - you wouldn't want to be here last week in the heat, big south slopes above you.

Andermatt in the afternoon sun


Saturday was supposed to be a mellowish tour from Disentis to the Oberalpstock mountain (3200m) and down to Bristen at 700m.

Matt climbing some ladders

Bonus turns before the main climb of the day

Long climb up the Brunnifirn

A wild spot


We weren't expecting to much on the descent as thought it might have been wind hammered
we got lucky, an 1800 run in incredible snow. winter pow up top to cream lower down.






All the ski tourers had followed the map, Dan had other ideas!

you can see all the other tracks above Matt (they cut out right)

Unbelievable!

I had so much fun in this section



By now it was just gluttony!







We did ski on the sunday and did a cool run from Natschen to Goschenen - on any normal trip it might have been run of the week, but the light wasn't great so no pics.

I think its probably time to hang up my board for a while as not sure really where I can go from here......anything else would just be a dissapointment. Confused

On a side not Dan Loutrel is an incredible guide and the Aurora is a great Hotel. Just hope the swiss exchange rate gets better as its certainly not cheap at the moment!!! Shocked
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Nice!!!!

Keep meaning to go to Andermatt...
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Amazing.

When I grow up I want to be like Norris! snowHead snowHead
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Quality that mate, liked the "Gluttony" comment.
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Cue about a zillion entries for the sHead calendar. Utterly amazing.
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Wow.... just Wow snowHead snowHead
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Awesome. Thanks for posting.
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Beautiful, only ever been around there on the motorbike in the summer... the skiing looks fantastic.
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Great trip report, wish I could ski like that! wink
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Absolutely brilliant.......... I need to get into ski touring !!!!!!Very Happy
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Fabulous.

Gourmand riding
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this is all touring? as in no chopper assistance? .. respect!
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No choppers were used in the making of this TR. Laughing

To be honest it was mainy lift access freeriding from the Gemsstock with short bootpacks - apart from the longer tour up the Oberalpstock.

Thanks for all the comments. Very Happy
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Andermatt is an amazing place - these shots show it off at its best. I just hope the new development does'nt spoil it. You can feel the vibe and the energy as you get on the Gemstock cable car first thing in the morning, everybody is charged up with the adventures which lie ahead.
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norris, fantastic pics and a lovely report - stuff that dreams are made of! snowHead
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Ispirationtastic
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norris,

Great report and fab pics but I think you're just trying to make the rest of us jealous wink You've succeeded.
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Great report, that debris field is something else Shocked
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Me want
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Looks really dull.

Not at all jealous, me. NehNeh

Seriously, I've not had a day like that in far, far too long. Good effort keeping the camera out so frequently.
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So that's what Andermatt looks like (we had a long weekend of poor vis there in Jan)!

Massively jealous, and thanks for posting so many awesome pics.
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norris, You struck gold with those conditions. Some great lines there and nice pics!
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Have to be honest I was hoping for a few more pics

wink
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WOW. You lot are better skiers than I could ever dream of being. That looks absolutely freaking FANTASTIC.

Brilliant that you grabbed some photos as well, usually I don't find the time, and that's just ambling around on piste!

Stunning.

Jealous.
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Hats off! Great photos.
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Thanks for all the comments - Just coming off the adrenalin trip now!
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Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad
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Just seen this thread awesome TR Very Happy
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^^^ me too
i feel a bit dirty after reading it wink
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Amazing pictures and great TR.

Great skiing!
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norris, Can't believe Jack shunned my skis for those... traitor Happy (they do look quite nice mind you...)
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offpisteskiing, think he has had to hide them in the hay loft on the farm!!!!!! Laughing
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Glad you enjoyed Murren. Still skiing deep fluffy untracked powder patches and pockets Thursday and yesterday, as well as enjoying some great spring snow.
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