On Saturday the 27th of November (2010), I made my first trip to Andermatt, a ski area in central Switzerland. It got me thinking that I should do a new post for every ski day this year, both so that I can easily see how much skiing I did at the end of the year and so that I can get back into the habit of writing once in a while.
The mountain is a solid two hours by train from ZÃ¼rich, as most of the good mountains are. It was a last minute invite by Mattia to join him and his friends Sylvia and Kris, who joined us as the train passed through Zug. Apparently we chose this place because a) we’d never been there and b) they have a 2-for-1 deal on lift tickets for all UBS customers till mid December.
It was a good time for my first outing this season, but I probably won’t go back – certainly not if only the Gemstock peak is open again. It just wasn’t that big, and the equipment was very old; the T-bars had a lot of down-up moments, with hard acceleration that at one point even pulled me off the ground about 4 centimeters. Who gets air while riding a T-bar UP the mountain???
I did have some fun when we accidentally went off-piste into a free-ride area. By “fun” I mean that it was way beyond my level, and that I was wearing the completely wrong type of skis, and by the time I got to the bottom a good 30 minutes later, I could barely stand due to tired leg muscles. 30 centimeters of powder is hard work.
This weekend’s destination is undecided, but it will probably be Flumserberg or Flims Laax. We’re not short on possibilities here!