Couloirs to Bars Ski Clinic

We are into day 5 of the 6 day, Couloirs to Bars Ski Clinic, and it has again turned out to be another lively one. Maryana is back, showing off her Ukrainian style, cruising down one sweet couloir after another. We have skied Italian Corn snow, dug deep snow pits in search of faceted snow crystals, and more recently, bagged Mt.Fort back-side and Mt.Gele first tracks. It was so incredibly fat off the Mt.Fort, with my pole disappearing up to the handle on the second turn. Valery is getting his mind around the airy climbs and traverses, and is looking more solid skiing the steeps on his K2 Coombas.

It looks like it’s going to dump on the South side as we get some Foehn tomorrow. Then cool Bise and corn snow for next week. C’mon Spring!!!

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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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