Apr 24

2 Wheels, 2 Planks: Mid-Winter in the Rhaetian Alps

If we didn’t take the snowflakes flying among the budding birches and blooming daffodils upon our arrival to Zurich back on April 7, we should have. For all but one of the last 18 days, beautiful fresh snow has been falling from the skies above us in the Swiss-Austrian-Italian Alps.

And this past Sunday may have taken the cake. We woke at 3am in Switzerland’s lower Engadin Valley to more heftiger schneefall (heavy snowfall) threatening to collpase our roomy, floorless, one-pole tent. By noon, we were enjoying nearly half a meter! of fresh snow in one of the most beautiful conifer forests we’ve ever come across. It was steep and deep powder skiing at its finest (stay tuned for some images and vid of this later..). By 6pm, we were watching he clouds tear from the giant peaks around us. The visibility had us making the most of our hard-earned skin track, and sneaking carefully into the alpine for some sunset turns. Back in the conifers, we spotted soaring vultures and snowshoe hare, while laying fresh tracks back to camp – en route to a tasty dinner of fresh pasta, pesto, greenhouse tomatoes, spinach, chopped Landjaeger and parmesan.

Some hot tea… Dreamland.

– Brian and Emily

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  1. Miles

    This snow looks so amazing right now, I wish there was somewhere closer to the Northeast to ski right now.

  2. Alpybus

    It is really a dreamland! I want to visit the alps too! Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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