Snowday #2 – Bunny hill splitboarding at Oberalppass, Andermatt

Nice day. Left Zurich at around 0900, heading for Andermatt. The drive was just beautiful, by the way. Green down low, white up top. Pretty-pretty!

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The plan was to drive up to Oberalppass, but the road was closed just above Andermatt, because of all the snow (good sign). No worries, there are trains running every hour. I didn’t have time to pay the parking fee at the station, and learned that the penalty is CHF 10, which can be paid at the ticket office (now you know!).

Arriving at the Oberalppass station I had kinda expected there to be a bunch of skiers and snowboarders on their way up, but it was completely deserted. Just me and the train station dude. And tons of snow. I could actually put on skins on at the train station and just go from there. I’m guessing there was about 50cm of fresh on the valley floor. The wind must have been howling though, as ridges were either bare or iced over.

The plan was to do Pazolastock on the west side of the pass, but there was too much rock for my taste, which would have forced me into some chutes that were just begging to release snow. I decided to let it settle for a few days, and in the meantime did a mellow run on the east side of the valley. Not particularly exciting riding, but a least a nice little workout.

Lots of “whoomps” going up, so staying safe was definetely the right call – the wind has simply moved incredible amounts of snow.

In any case, staying off the ridges there was still a faceshot or two to be had, not bad for a Monday!

SAM_0171 Oberalpsee from the train

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