We just came out of our final ski tour of the year – the gran finale to what was a great winter in the Swiss Alps.
Together with our friend and Mountain Guide Alberto De Giuli, we headed into the relatively wild Gauligletscher and the Gaulihütte where we spent a few days ski touring. Just before setting off, spring temperatures soared into the shorts and flip flop variety making it hard to imagine we’d be skiing. Even at 3000 meters and above, there was no escaping the searing temps. As a result, we were forced into 4am starts from the hut so as to insure a safe mid day return and afternoons spent hiding from the sun’s intensity.
This was a fun trip, more about further exploring our backyard mountains and getting into one of the more remote areas of the Alps. But of course we took some snaps and wanted to share… Enjoy! And if you are a ski tourer and looking for different destination, this is your spot – 5 star terrain and hut.
Early morning light reflected off the Gauligletscher surface which has been barely freezing at night and leaving a fragile layer of thin ice from the previous day’s warming cycle.
Day 2 was a 5 hour climb of the Rosenhorn, 3690 meters, with stunning views west to the 4000 meter peaks Finsteraarhorn, Lauteraarhorn and Schreckhorn – some of the prize peaks of the Berner Oberland.
Alberto De Giuli skiing off the summit of the Rosenhorn with distracting views of the Schreckhorn, Mönch and Eiger. 1100 meters of this lay ahead.
It’s never fun to wake up at 3:30, but it’s always worth it.
View of skiers on a glacier
Janine climbing the ladders at the Obri Bächlilicken to access a pass and long glacier descent.
Alberto, Janine and Dan – for us calling the season finished – for Alberto, he’s off to the next ski tour… many weeks remain in the Alps.
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