Sunday, 27 January 2013

A is for...

A is for...
... Andermatt

Though it could easily be for Awesome, Amazing or even Powder (OK, I know that doesn't start with an A...).

Last week I was running an Off Piste Improvers course here, my first visit, but certainly not my last!

Poor visibility on the first 2 days did little to slow the team down, and we found great powder every day. The slow lift system at Andermatt is a bonus - like La Grave it limits the number of people skiing the mountain each day, meaning the powder lasts much longer than resorts with 'modern' uplift.

Just off the side of the piste on Gemstock:

The views aren't bad:

Even the sunny side skiing is good - a 'busy' day at Natschen:

Splitting our time between Natschen and the Gemstock we managed to cover a lot of the terrain available, with lots of coaching on the way... Alex, Chas, Julie, Sarah, Ruan and Peter all made great progress through the week and ticked off some of the classics: Felsental, Guspis and Vermigel amongst others.

More deep powder off the Gemstock:

Backside of Gemstock:

Alex going deep:

A big 'thank you' my friend Bjorn Becker who works on ski patrol here and provided some great info on conditions & skiing!

There are still some spaces left on our remaining courses this winter - check out the website for details.

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