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Old 05.12.2008, 11:20
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Ski touring - any one interested?

Hi,

This will be my first winter living in Switzerland, so am looking for new buddies who would like to join/ I could join for the odd day ski touring / skiing during the winter months

I have a good amount of moutnain experience and a lot of ski experiece(am able to ski off piest and steeps in any conditions) - but being new to ski touring and the area would be great if there are other like minded people out there that enjoy spending time in the "hills" to help me find the way (plus its a whole lot more fun with others ).

If any one has made any good tours that they could recomended (I know I can read a guide book but is good to get a human perspective) would love to hear!
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Hi Scuba,

You are probably talking about backcountry randonnees where good downhill fun is as much the idea as covering distance. I haven't done that myself but I am considering skiing a few sections of the Grand Traversee du Jura depending on the snow conditions this winter. The GTJ is a cross-country skiing route spanning 170 km along the Jura range. It's not downhill as such, more of a trek through the snowy forests and crests. The equipment is also lighter - no climbing skins needed, just a decent wax job. Are you interested in cross-country?

It's my first winter in Switzerland too. I used to ski cross-country in Finland, mostly just a 5-10 km loop every now and then. I have done only one longer event. It was a 100 km race done over the course of one day, which I understand is not the idea on the GTJ where you ski shorter sections and spend the night on the route.

I recently bought the book The Jura: Walking the High Route - Winter Ski Traverses which is a bit outdated. There is a more recent booklet available through the GTJ website.
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Hi,

I would be also interested, but it depends on your level of advance if I can really follow you

Have a nice day,

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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Hi Antartic74,

Living in Biel I can get to sections on the GTJ very easliy and there is even a good amount of snow here already from about 850m upwards (although it is hard to believe as from the town you cant see any of it). My equpment is more suited to ski touring rather than langlauf, or cross country as think would be better for such a tour? - that said I am game for anything and am sure I could get my hands on some equipment to give it a go!

I have been looking at buying variouse books, but as with the climbing guides when you are new to an area you can never be 100% sure how accurate and up todate the information is - hence the questions about personal experience.

Do you ever do any back counrty trails? short or long?
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Hi Karin,

Cool, would be great - do you already know any routes? - I am happy to ski with any one, (I put the disciption of ability on there to give an idea of how I ski and not to show off ,)

Lots of snow around at the moment..... Lets fix a time and place? can then post it to the events calander to see if any one else would be keen
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Here's a few of my favourite tours;

lift assisted; off the back of Andermatt coming out onto the Gottard pass (v. cool skiing down the road), Lech (close to St Anton), Davos and Klosters (lots of top spots).and Wissmeilen from Flumserberg or Pizol are my annual shake down tour/intro for newbies/poor weather choice.

Still haven't done the ski safari from Lenzerheide-Davos via Arosa but it's on the list.

For other touring I'm working my way through 'Die Schonsten Skitouren der Schweizer alpen west & east'. Great coffee table books that have all the necessary info. The Rother skitourenfuhrer books are also excellent the Ostschweiz edition has only been out a couple of yrs so is bang up to date and usefully recommends the best time of yr to do particular tours. For example this time of year offer the best conditions for many of the low lying/south facing tours that get really crappy when the weather warms up. The blue maps are also excellent, even giving grades for particular routes.

For reliably good conditions alot of the time; Hintere Rosswies (Toggenberg) and Kaerpf (Elm). Both are very popular but retain powder stashes for days after a storm and conditions stabilise quite quickly.
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Incidentally, my avator pic is at Panixer Pass on the way down from Hausstock (just in case anyone was wondering). A highlight from the last season (not for beginners).
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Hi all,

I am also very interested in that kind of things. I like tour skiing very much, as well as cross-country (skating). I have equipment for both, and a reasonable level (definitely not good enough to do any kind of competition, but sufficient to go down any kind of slope in pretty much any kind of snow conditions).
Please feel free to post on the calendar if you plan on doing something!
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Thanks PTKate,

Always good to have coffee table books to inspire my self into getting out there. Would be great to hear if you are plannnig any mid week trips (my weekends are a little full till after the new year - but that won't stop me getting out there!)
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Hi Sylvain74 Would be great to arrange something, I will work out a free weekend in the new year and put it on the calander and will see who is interetested - any advice or favourite places that you have for touring in Switzerland?, (in addition to the ones metioned by PTKate)

Would hate to post an event and every one think "what they going there for"!
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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

In springtime around late March thru early May, I like to do ski mountaineering tours, so if you want to start thinking about ideas more than three months in the future, send me a PM.

Earlier in the winter, I'm more likely to spend time in France. A good place for English-language news and discussion of ski touring in France (and somem about western Switzerland) try www.pistehors.com -- I often post ideas + reports there -- and I expect you'll see some reports about touring in the Chablais mountains (on the south side of Lac Leman, east section is in Switzerland near Monthey).

If you can read French, might want to try one of the Guides Olizane for the region of western Switzerland you're most interested in.
Skating on cross-country skis is something I love, especially on high-avalanche or bad-visibility days. Unfortunately I have not yet found any really outstanding XC ski centers in Switzerland, which are in the league with La Feclaz in France or some in northeast Italy -- so I'd be glad for some ideas about that.
Some springtime ski mountaineering tours I've done (and would go back to again):
* Dufourspitze + Signalkuppe + Castor
* Piz Bernina (and others around the Engadin)
* Tödi + Oberalpstock
* around Arolla
* Berner Oberland 4000m
* Rhone glacier (Dammastock, etc)

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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

Hi Ken,

Thanks for that info - will definatly keep it in mind for nearer the time. Have fun in France in the mean time!!

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Re: Ski touring - any one interested?

I am not a skier of any variety; just a hiker. I have found lots of valuable information about hiking and the huts on this site. It has a section on randonée skiing; if it is as good as the other two sections it should be well worth giving it a look. Note: the entire site is in French.
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