Touring in Meiringen

After a week of skiing in Mürren and and Haslital it was quite nice to come home on Tuesday evening and sleep in my own bed for a few nights. But back to our trip.

Our last day in Hasliberg we decided to go touring in search for good snow. We had heard a lot about the numerous tours to chose from in the area and wanted to try them all out. Luckily, mountain guide Teddy Zumstein from Hasliguides joined and could make the choice for us. But first, let’s have a look at some more photos from our two days of skiing in Hasliberg!
We stayed out late on Monday to get some shots in the afternoon sun. The snow actually looks pretty good here. But this is how crusty the snow really was. Didn’t really capture Johan in this turn. But in this one I did. Bare in mind that the landing was crusty and hard! For me, having fun in the mountains is all about not running out of energy. A snickers kept my spirit high in the late afternoon.

So, over to our day of ski touring. In summer there is a road over the mountain pass Grosse Scheidegg that is located between Meiringen and Grindelwald. We drove for half an hour up the pass and stopped where the road ends in winter time, a couple of hundred vertical meters from the highest point. From there we took off.
As you can see Rosenlaui is located between Meiringen and Grindelwald. You can also see Titlis and Engelberg up to the right. The tour we did is called Rosenlaui and is quite famous in the region. We took off around 10 am, no point of heading up earlier as we were looking for slushy afternoon snow to ski on our way down. We weren’t alone on the mountain. Almost there. Johan, Fredrik and Teddy at the top where we stopped for a break and some sandwiches after 1000 vertical meters of touring. A self-portrait from our way down. On our way we could see the peaks Eiger and Jungfrau in one direction, and Titlis in another. Quite cool to be in-between. The snow wasn’t perfect, but we had fun anyways. Afterwards we headed over to Hasliberg again to have a beer and check out a new hotel. It’s called Wetterhorn. The hotel as built around the turn of the last century but stood empty for thirty years before it was renovated and reopened just before Christmas. It’s run by a fairly young couple from Lucerne and offers great accommodation, mountain views and food. Every week they organize concerts in the brand new bar and the whole place has a warm, friendly and informal atmosphere to it (something you rarely find in the Swiss Alps I must say). One of the double rooms. Love the bed! Apparently the wood is taken from an old house.

Tomorrow I’m leaving again for La Clusaz where I have the first comp of the season. Snow is predicted for tomorrow and I think the contest will be held Saturday. Wish me luck!

  • /Alex

    Many thanks for sharing your adventures !