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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