Secret Little Valley
Since there is still not enough snow for real skiing in bavaria, we packed our gear and went on a road trip. Our first stop was at the Arlberg, one of the birthplaces of modern Alpine Skiing. But even there the Snowpack was not looking very good. So we headed west to Switzerland and into one of the valleys south of Chur. These valleys were first settled by the "Walser people" in around the 13. century. The "Walser people" chose these valleys and the really hard life in the steep and wild mountains above 1500m because no one charged them taxes and they were able to live a life completely independent and free. We chose a 400 year old guesthouse at the end of the valley as our basecamp and explored the mountains around. Finally we found the perfect playground. Plenty of well settled powder in the surrounding mountains, no other skitourers and perfect weather. Great conditions to test the new gear.
The Spitfire LT is the perfect ski for long days of skitouring with lots of vertical. And for those steep couloirs this ski provides a lot of grip and gives you a save feeling in exposed places.
For the big days after a storm, the new Fever ski, based on the shape of the Tonic , is the perfect choice. Still not too wide and heavy for daytrips into the backcountry, it is worth taking this ski out for your next adventure.
These days in the valleys were my first on the Onyx binding and i was getting more and more confident on them and i am finding them really easy to handle. My fellow touring partners were impressed how fast i was to adjust the heel raisers and switch from touring mode to ski mode.
We will come back soon and check out the next valley.