Ski touring to Chalet La Forcla (2874 m) from Arolla, 13. 12. 2009

Arolla, the first skitour of the season 2009/2010. We were strongly hesitating whether to try or not, because the Meteoswiss promised us clouds, snow precipitations, strong wind and temperatures below –10°C at 2000m. Haha, they were wrong, again! Besides the temperature which was really low, Arolla welcomed us with bright sunshine and perfect powder snow.

Patrouille des Glaciers: Towards La Rosablanche (3336 m)

Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) is a ski mountaineering competition well known all over the Switzerland and recognized even by the non-initiated: Who’s going to win this year? A Swiss team or the French? Or, god forbid, the Italians? The Swiss army fighters fly in sky and draw Helvetian crosses, with intense noise provoking avalanches that might bury some poor buddies skiing outside the protected area…