Zinal Freeride

Yesterday was the first clear day after 4 days of snowfall. What a feeling it was to be outside. The atmosphere was vibrant with freshness, giving energy to each turn in the first fresh powder of the season. Today, we went to Zinal, riding little half pipes and contouring the avalanche danger. It’s a moderate level 3, having settled a bit from Wednesday, when the last storm dropped half a meter + of new snow all over the Alps. What a nice scene it was in Zinal in the early season. There were very few people venturing off-piste, leaving us small side valleys to play alone in.

The forecast for next week is uncertain. It looked like more snow, but now the word Foehn is mentioned for mid-week… Fingers crossed for another few systems of unsettled weather.

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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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