Ski Season Begins

Its finally beginning to snow in Switzerland! Last weekend we kicked off the season with an easy day in Flumserberg.

Some of the other resorts like Davos have been using machines to create artificial snow but luckily in Flumserberg the snow was 100% natural. Although there wasnt much of it – there was enough for a day of fun!

First Ski Tour Race
Next Saturday I will give the Night Attack a go. Just for fun. It will be my first skitour race! The altitude gain isn’t extreme (about 700mtrs in total) and I have absolutely no expectations for my performance and have chosen to ignore the provocative message my friend Kate sent me, with her time from last year!

Snow Safety
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to attend an LVS Course being organized by Mammut and Thomas Scheuner a mate of my boyfriend who runs the mountain sports shop called Kundalini in Zurich.
The evening was great, we got to practice using our avalanche transmitter receivers and learned some new things about searching for multiple bodies in snow. The topic of snow safety is really important for me. I don’t have a huge amount of freeride and touring experience but this year I am especially keen to get out there as much as possible and start notching up tours. So the more I can learn about avalanche search and rescue the better. Which brings me onto Thomas’ avalanche experience this year.

Watch This
Thomas Scheuner is a friend of my boyfriend`s from way back. Last year I met him for the first time just after the accident documented in the below video happened. Since then he has recovered completely and created a great video of his experience that brings the viewer through the avalanche thanks to the headcam recording. Afterwards he slows it down and recounts step by step how it happened and goes as far as showing us the avalanche signs he ignored.

Watch it…

Avalanche Accident in Engelberg from Thomas S. on Vimeo.


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