Winter has arrived in Verbier

Though one never knows what the weather will be like in a few days, it was at least winter for us today. We skinned up to the Col de Marlene to find 45cm of fresh snow. It was a really fine walk into winter. Arriving at the top with a freshening SW wind, it truely felt cold and winter. And what a joy those first turns were. I asked myself how these skis were going to turn in the deep new snow. But as I glided away letting speed take hold, the Coombas knew, plunged down, arced left, then right, and layed down the first tracks of the new season.

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About Hans Solmssen

I am a professional mountain guide living in Verbier, Switzerland. I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii after my father moved to Hawaii to teach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. He created a horse program at this high school, located in the middle of the largest, privately owned cattle ranch in the US. Horses were a major part of my life, even playing polo for a few years. I moved to northern Vermont to go to school, and discovered skiing. Little did I know, this would become my life's passion: guiding friends and clients over the mountains around the world on skis and foot. I moved to Verbier, Switzerland in 1982, and entered the Swiss guide's program in '88. I received my UIAGM "pin" 3 years later in 1991. I have two kids, Anya and Kevin.

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