An eggshell coating on these Alps

It rained to 2400 meters last week, after a solid dump of over 50cm. This has created a superb base everywhere, even to higher elevations and shady aspects where mild temperatures melted the surface snow. Tele Verbier has opened more terrain for those into lift access: the Jumbo up to Col des Gentiannes and Savoleyres

Along with real fun powder skiing, the ice has come into fine shape. For those of you who have not tried this fun form of adventure, you are missing another way of touching nature and feeling the contact one has with our mother earth! Sign me up!

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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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