After landing in Zurich tempted to pedal our way straight for the mountains, a forecasted major winter storm had us throwing our bikes on a train bound for the Engadine Valley in eastern Switzerland – home to St. Moritz, several world class ski areas and endless backcountry skiing options. Our plan also meant experiencing one of the most scenic rail rides in the world…and passing up a 2-3 day bike ride toward snowline. This is a ski trip, after all. (See our previous post for an intro to this adventure.)
The move worked out like a charm, and we bought ourselves nearly two days of fine spring weather before the storm set in…and lots of chocolate. We hunkered down in a cozy camp near Celerina – among the blooming Edelweiss, song birds and barking foxes – ready for anything Mother Nature wanted to throw at us. And throw she did, starting with 6-10″ one day, another 3-4″ overnight…and then blue skies. Our strategically located camp not only provided us with easy access from our tents to some delectably steep powder in the trees above Celerina (minimal base, but great powder…sound familiar?), but easy access to the endless alpine world above us, too. A big break in the weather Thursday gave us a chance to explore right to the tops of some surrounding peaks, before the snow returned last night.
We’re on the move again over the weekend, bound for Italy and the ski-touring paradise of Livigno, and soon thereafter, the Ortler region at the Swiss/Italian border. A series of mountain passes (which we are hoping we can pedal through) will allow us to make a nice loop through the region over the next couple of weeks, before we return to the Engadine Valley and then make a final push through the central Alps into early May.
We hope all is well. Stay tuned for more. Ciao.
– Brian and Emily
High above St. Moritz, Switzerland – Photo: EmberPhoto.com
St. Moritz and the Engadine Valley, Switzerland (Credit: Wikipedia)
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