Winter Storms

With a series of October and November storms and sub-zero temperatures this weekend, winter has arrived in Verbier. We have a good base, 30-90cm deep with solid layers close to the ground. Hurricane force winds blew from the North Saturday, closing the lifts and wreaking havoc on the snow pack. Today was a bit of a mess for Tele Verbier. In typical early season unpreparedness, cues for tickets and lifts lasted close to an hour.

I went up for a run to have a look at what the wind did to the snow before the forecasted snows of tonight cover those slabs. Blue sky and fresh powder made for a real blue-bird day.

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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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