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    rky mtn srfr
    152 Posts

    Hi All,
    I’m going to Switzerland in a couple days, and will be staying in Zurich for the week I’m there. Taking two solid boards (one for pow, one for no pow), no splitboard, and avy gear/pack. I’ve got 3 days of solo time (no girlfriend), and am wanting to ride some big powder lines that I can access via day trips from Zurich. Anyone care to share recommendations or personal experiences from there? Any guide recommendations? I’m also on the fence about bringing crampons/ice axe, and wondering if it’s worth the bother and extra weight.

    Thanks in advance for any info!

    #635994
    nedrapier
    235 Posts

    I went to Arosa last year and had a REALLY good time. You can train from from Zurich, change at Chur, I think it’s 2 or 3 hours?

    Hardly anyone there rides off marked trails, slopes that would be bombed out within a morning or a day in Chamonix are still fresh a week later. Big tree runs, Day tours over to the next valleys. Lots to do. We got lucky with the snow, and you’ll have to ask around to find out where’s got the best conditions, but if it’s good, you’ll have a ball in Arosa, if it’s not so good all over, chances are Arosa will be as good as anywhere. Lots of out of the way spots.

    I’ll see if I can dig some photo’s and Dominic’s contacts. Super nice guy(de), he showed us around. He was riding a new custom board. Big and soft board with deep sidecut, tight stance, loads of turns, but very stylee and not slow!

    #635995
    callidus
    16 Posts

    We haven’t had snow here in a long time, so you’ll be lucky to find pow. Chose your resort carefully, some places have none, others lots. Here’s a map of Switzerland with the snow heights in cm to show you how variable it is:

    Arosa won’t be that great. Places you’ll want to check out are Engelberg, Andermatt maybe Davos – where the darker blue colors are. I was in Andermatt on Sunday and we got some pow at around 2800m on a north facing slope (900 vertical meters of it!). It’s there, but you’ll really have to look. Everything in a resort will be tracked out.

    Probably not what you want to hear. On the plus side, it’ll be blue bird for the next week or so, so at least you’ll be able to get a tan!.

    #635996
    IridePow
    288 Posts

    the big powder lines can’t be found at the moment in Switzerland unless you are hiking –> means splitboard.

    I posted some pics on TGR from last Sunday.
    http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21645&page=361
    Powder is still there in central Switzerland, but only high up and on northerly faces which are wind protected.
    For resorts Andermatt and Engelberg are your best bet right now, but as mentioned those will most likely be tracked out.

    Next week looks sunny and warm, no pow in the forecast.
    Sorry… but just not the best winter so far. But things can change fast, but probably not within a week.

    However the Alps by itself are impressive, especially when you have bluebird days. Just not the big pow, pow at the moment.

    #635997
    nedrapier
    235 Posts

    you’ll have to ask around to find out where’s got the best conditions

    Or wait a few hour for a very simple picture showing how my suggestion is rubbish!

    Have fun wherever you end up!

    #635998
    rky mtn srfr
    152 Posts

    Thanks guys. Andermatt and Engelberg are the top 2 on my list from the snow reports and other info I could find online. I don’t mind boot packing, if there’s pow to be had, and I already split/ride at those elevations, so the altitude is no problem for me. I considered bringing the split, but lack of abundant pow and all the extra crap and weight is more than I want to deal with for this trip. Getting board bag and gear sorted today, cant wait!

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