We just returned from an incredible adventure through a region of high peaks and glaciers in the Berner Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. We set out on a five day ski tour that visited four mountain huts in this mountainous region of Central Switzerland. Our trip began in Grindelwald, a classic Swiss mountain village that sits under a famous trio of Alps summits– the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.
The days are longer, the temperatures warmer, and the snowpack, though thin, is stablizing. We love the arrival of spring because it signifies the start of our backcountry ski touring season. Christy and I had some opportunities to get out and ski some high 13ers recently. Here’s what we found–
Last year I had the opportunity to be a part of an amazing mentorship program that the Aspen Middle School conducts annually with their 6th-grade students. I was approached by an impressive 11-year old girl who asked if I would be willing to participate in the program as her mentor for ski mountaineering.
Being a couple of Colorado ski mountaineers we’ve always had a thing for 14ers. There are so many in our backyard it’s hard not to hold a special place for them. So when we arrived to California’s Eastern Sierras, home to some of California’s dozen or so 14,000 foot peaks, it was natural that we […]
Our trip to the Sierras started with a ski descent of the Northeast Couloir on Mount Langley, the southernmost 14er in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.
We skied Golden Horn, 13,780 ft. last weekend, down in the stunning Ice Lakes Basin area of the San Juans. The valley is a favorite of ours, in the summer months it’s all about the wildflowers, alpine lakes and scrambles on high 13ers.
After finishing skiing Colorado’s 14ers in 2010, I had the incredible honor to be nominated for a Sportswomen of Colorado award.
Before the season started, Christy and I sat down with our friends at Cripple Creek Backcountry down in Carbondale as guests on their backcountry skiing podcast, Totally Deep. We were surprised to learn that Totally Deep is one of the only podcasts that exist on the topic of backcountry skiing. Randy and Doug do a […]
In the department of good news, we were recently nominated as National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, for our completion of the Centennial Ski Project. It’s a huge honor to be considered for this award, something that National Geographic has been organizing since 2005. Teamwork is everything. What began years ago as three individual pursuits […]
As a Colorado backcountry skier, the mere prospect of spring brings excitement. But I found myself particularly psyched for the upcoming season after poring over a copy of the new guidebook, Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains – 50 Select Ski Descents. This book is long overdue. It’s co-authored by Ben Conners and Brian Miller, two […]
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Ted on Berner Oberland Ski Traverse Worth the trip for sure, though there are quite a ...
kilowati on Berner Oberland Ski Traverse cool trip! Thanks for the write-up.
Scott Martin on Berner Oberland Ski Traverse Excellent post and thanks for sharing the adventure.
Ted on Berner Oberland Ski Traverse It was a wonderful trip. We're already trying to figure ...
Kathy Smyth on Berner Oberland Ski Traverse T and C. Wonderful trip. Love your story and your ...