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Steep at Lofoten


The other Norway adventure. Well, we all heard about Lofoten. But let’s do it different style.

This adventure takes some tough guys with wild dreams iconic peaks in the Arctic. Good, they don’t fear the bushwack. They’re ready for multiple skinning. They got the legs for the backside runs – and they don’t mind to take the long way home.

In the end it all wasn’t that bad, and we found time for great evening cookouts. Thanks chefs!

Here we make memories.


Simplon unite


Boarders and Skiers unite to enjoy fun freeride days and Italian cuisine. As usual work comes before pleasure and so we work our way up towards Capanna Leone. A steep finish challenges our skinning skills just before the mountain pass where we descend towards the hut for an italo-dutch apéro on the porch. Only the next day we get to ride all the meters we climbed the day before – some fresh snow in the morning and some slush in the afternoon. We arrive in the small town of Simplon Dorf and wait for the connection towards Italy at the historic square. A great dinner at Locanda Diei in San Domenico and good night’s rest allow to recover. In the bright morning sun we climb in an ancient chair lift and leave behind the village. Our loop around Pizzo Moro offers views towards Monte Leone, where we started the adventure, but also extends to where we’re headed: Alpe Devero. The day’s second climb we finish with crampons – great job guys! A gap between sheer cliffs leads down into a slush bowl. We’re crusing wide open fields into marvellous trees scattering low sunlight. Finally we feel some life between the ancient stone huts. ‘Voilà!’ – we fuel up with charcoil burgers and beers for the last climb. A winding road climbs between pines. Around the last bend we spot a faint light within a cluster of stone huts. What happened there remains secret.


Lyngen fjord with reflections

The 2017 Lyngen Adventure


Another day, another trip – but, different style.

Baggage delayed, flights changed, some guys in late. That’s how it started. But now that we’ve all arrived, there’s no hurry any more. The pace of the North slows us down. There’s no “rush for the slush” here. The sking starts in our backyard so to speak – and tons of great outings begin just a short drive down the road.

For day one we chose Tverrelvdalstinden. It offers a short climb to find the rhythm, an easy scramble along the ridge to challenge yourself and a varied descent to get a first taste of the spring season’s mix of slush and powder.

Day two was “the day with the break at the tree”. This trip took us across two passes, namely Rhieppi and the col North of Skaidevarri. It was all about travelling a mountain range on the island, see where we are and inhale the beauty.
Then, the time had come to tackle the first big piece. We climbed Rundsfjellet just south of Lyngseidet. The calm sea refected the mountains opposite of the Lyngen fjord. Unreal. The light, sugary snow made for some great shots in the evening sun we got into the open forest.

The next morning we welcomed our friends on board of the ferry to Olderdalen. They took us to a quiet island named Kagen. The stunning view from these mountain tops reaches out across the waters of the Northern Atlantic. We avoid commenting on snow conditions.

What’s next? We had already seen so beautiful places … but there’s one thing missing: the full alpine adventure. Lyngen does offer that, too. Indeed, we hadn’t collected any “hell points” yet – although we had earned several points on Norwegian food traditions. Stockfish, Fiskeboller and Karamelskecheese scored high!
So, we got a reasonably early start – Norwegian style. We cruised along the frozen Jaegervatnet and then headed up towards Trollbreen. The couloir appeared and there was no holding back, thus soon we topped out at one of Lyngen’s most iconic peaks. After this day, we had really earned the turns and deserved the relaxing sauna. However, for some of us the relaxing just had a medical purpose, as another day brings another trip …
Day six took us up the very steep southern flank of Sofiatinden. An incredible run to conclude a marvellous week.

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Across the rooftop: Verstanclahorn – Silvretta


- “Mit alles und scharf, bitte.”
– “Voilà !”

It’s tough to be the fourth – just not making it up to the winners’ stage.
It’s a little sad to not stand out from the crowd – despite a really good performance.

But that’s not fair, only in height he comes after Piz Linard, Fluchthorn and Piz Buin.

The Verstanclahorn truly is a big boy.
His majesty sits enthroned at the end of long valleys.
Around his crown chunks of solid gneis sparkle in the sun.

During summer climbers seldomly indulge their passion and put up with the approach.
But spring seems to be the season when the appraoch is fast and snow between the rocks carries our weight.
Check out the view from our rooftop!
Our tracks may be gone, but there’s a topo to download.

Scuol – Zuort – Samaun


Mit dem Women’s Tourchase unterwegs in einer einsamen, idyllischen Ecke der Silvretta!

Spannende Abfahrten – im Firn – mit Seil – und schwups im Bach
Verwinkelte Anstiege durch wilde Talkessel – mit Harscheisen – im Strum – im schönsten Sonnenschein
Gemütliche Abende in Zuort - nach der Sauna – am Kamin – bei Engadiner Spezialitäten

Ein rundum gelungenes Wochenende! Danke!




Tourchase – Flow and Spray


A trip of extremes: sunshine and fog, slush and powder, showers and sweat

A memorable trip in the spring-ish Silvretta range. “Decent” snow was hard to find, and similarily Italian coffee. We did our best to find both. Pictures prove we got some sweet turns in, but in search for “proper” coffee we had to rely on our own skills – best of all McGyver Jeroen.

But thats not all, our borders balanced plenty of switchbacks, mastered a couple of challenging traverses and finally began to”really like skiing”. I mean the downhill version. The skiers also suffered, though in a different way. Blisters and aching feet were their challenge. The evenings let forget the diurnal pain. While the risotto simmered under the sharp eyes of the cooking lawyer, the director called for “Toepen” and the “Bunter Abend” began to pick up drive – finally revealing some secret acting talents.

Thank you guys, you were great. And who still believes you were not up for that kind of trip, did not see the “switchback queen” saving her orange to the very moment: back at the parking.

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Silvretta Skitouring Adventure


Endurance athletes love doing the balance, here comes our:
3 days
3400 Uphill-meters
7100 Downhill-meters
2800 Untracked-downhill-meters

Das Setting oder der Samstag:
Gestern war die Lawinengefahr “gross”. Es gingen zwei Tage unglaublicher Lawinenaktivität voran.
Wir verabschieden uns von Bahn- und Busfahrer und ziehen los. Die Einsamkeit hat uns. Über die Seelücke geht’s hinauf in Richtung Seehörner. Der Blick nach Süden offenbart uns die Dramatik der letzen beiden Tage: “An manchem Berg ist fast jeder Hang unten.” Über den weiten Gletscher fegen wir hinab ins Seetäli, wo unverspurte Hänge in der Abendsonne glitzern. Am Abend köchelt Risotto ai finocchio im Topf und so können wir uns im warmen Stübchen erholen.

Der Plan oder der Sonntag:
Eine Runde wäre eine runde Sache. Gesagt getan. Auf nach Klosters. Der Triebschnee hatte nun schon zwei Tage Zeit sich zu setzen, oder runter zu rutschen. Dem Altschnee gehen wir mit Respekt aus dem Weg. Steile Südhänge hoch, kleine Schattenhänge runter. Das ganze zweimal. Zwischendrin üben wir uns in gehöriger Schneekraxelei an den Seenadlen und schliesslich zum Gipfel des Chessispitz hinauf. Von dort aus geniessen wir 1000 Meter Pulverschnee. Da die Schiebepassage – bis zum Rivella in Schlappin – in die Oberarme ging, waxen wir am Abend die Ski.

Das Finale am Montag:
“Selbst der beste Arbeitstag kann einen freien Tag nicht schlagen.” Stimmt. Ganz frei sind wir aber nicht, denn das Ziel heisst Montafu’! Das gute ist, der Plan lässt Luft zum Durchschnaufen – was will man schon anderes machen hier oben zwischen Schnee und Sonne? Spätestens beim zweiten Anstieg schnaufe ich richtig. Bernhard schaut immer noch völig “cool” aus seiner Goretex Hülle. Also geht er ein bisschen voran. Danke! Den dritten Anstieg nehmen wir direkt, denn die Sonne neigt sich schon etwas dem Horizont. Mit Port’O’Biren geht’s leichter und so sehen wir schon bald die Liftstationen der (einst russischen?) Skidestination Gortipohl. Dank dem Kunstschnee erreichen wir den Talboden des Montafu’.  Und dann sagt Isabell: “Ich dachte schon, ich würde nie wieder Skitouren gehen”. Wie sie das nun meint? Bei Pizza und Espresso erklärt sie, dass diese Tour Lust auf mehr gemacht hat. Mir geht’s da genauso, von A nach B und B nach C durch luftig, lockeren Schnee schwingen ist ein Geschenk.


Silvretta – Unghürhörner – N-Face


This is to report about two anchors which have been placed for easier access to the central couloir leading through the north face of the Unghürhörner in the Silvretta range. This way we hope to encourage repetitions of this magnificent ski descent. For a detailed report you may refer to Thanks to Peter Albert for the trip.

Just after Alpe Valleggia

Tourchase – Deep in Bedretto


- “I don’t see why you chose this descent.”
– “Be patient for two more turns. The bowl below will be just for us!”
– “This is the best snow I ever rode on a mulitday trip.”

Is there are recipe to those trips?
It is legitimate to ask oneself whether you could just hike in anywhere – climb a valley – go ride the pow. But seriously, that’s not gonna work. We got work and family, got a life beyond sking. We need to time it right!
I’d say the crucial ingredient is a mixture of trained riders and confident climbers along with a strong shot of “know how”. The first ingredient was provided by powderchase, the unbeatable powder chase engine run by Ricarda and Bas. The second part was proudly covered by Michi Bückers, and Ben Reuter, a confirmed team – nothing to add.

“Deep in Bedretto” was a multiday trip starting off with fog under considerable avalanche hazard leading two groups of experienced skiers and boarders deep into the valleys south of the Val Bedretto along the frontier with Italy. Challenging routefinding kept the day interesting so that we had earned the divine food at Walserschtuba in Riale in the evening. The second day set off with “grand beau” and was full of challenges. The many switchbacks and the trail breaking across the Ghiaccio del Basòdino ate up energy, but there was plenty left for a hell of a ride down the glacier. Finally we could recharge resources with large pieces of Lasagne at Cap. Basòdino. In the morining we continued our trip and climbed Cap. Cristallina under the beating sun. After a tasty lunch we took the riders’ option instead of the alpinists’ challenge. No summit day, but compliments day! Everybaody said he liked the snow. But I guess the compliments were honest. The pictures give me confidence it wasn’t too bad. In Riale we slept and ate well again, so that we had enough power for another 1200 meters climb and an adventurous descent through a steep couloir opening up into untouched rolling terrain down to Alpe di Valleggia. An incredible finish!


Tourchase – Women’s edition


Projekt:Berg is the motivated partner for extraordinary ski trips. So far no news!

This February 10 enthusiastic women – powered by Peak Performance – headed out for a journey on skis. We had the pleasure to help them make their dream come true:

Traversing the Eastern Swiss Alps  from their main ridge to their northern slopes.

This meant a trip from shallow snowpacks with deep snow instabilities to an area which has been blessed by some major storms this season. Who would have guessed that the trip started with the best skiing in Savognin? Sounds pittiful, but there were several more adventures to come: hiking out to Zillis just next to the historic Viamala Gorge. It’s hard to imagine that already the Romans supposedly used the “bad foot trail” to access the main ridge of the Alps. The second day’s highlight was certianly sking down from the Panixer Pass through the Jetzloch into the valley of Elm in Kanton Glarus. After refreshing our resources  with a great dinner in Elm we were ready for the tough section of the trip: through the fog to Schwanden. We took the exit to the Glaricht See which had a mystical touch this day.

Thanks to Mathias Fend, our committed photographer, we may present some stunning shots of this 3 day adventure. Thanks to our friends from Powderchase for hiring and to Charlie for her support!