Sandy Paterson Mountaineering

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Monday, 9 April 2012

No go in the Silvretta

Approaching the Heidelburger Hutte in good weather
Laura and Chris enjoying a beer in the Heidelburger Hutte

The Heidelburger Hutte in not so good weather the next morning
Chris and Laura enjoying the views in the white room
Laura showing us how to ski breakable crust in poor vis!
Enough is enough! Pulling the plug and heading for home!

A brief clearing in the weather whilst hunting out some off piste at Verbier
Laura and Chris and I headed over to Austria a few days ago with the plan of doing the Silvretta traverse starting at Ischgl. However with the weather forecast not looking great we were not holding our breath. We drove across from Switzerland in almost continuous rain, however the next day we had some visibility and spent the morning skiing off piste in Ischgl before skinning up to the hut in the afternoon. The hut is fantastic with great food, good rooms and showers a real plus in a skiing touring hut.

Unfortunately the next day we woke to zero vis, snow falling and warm temperatures, so we decided to go for a day tour from the hut to see what was what. It soon became clear that the crust was not going to hold weight and with poor visibility and unpleasant skiing we decided to head for home as the weather was due to be the same or worse for the next few days, after all this is a holiday and meant to be fun!

Back at Chris's in Switzerland we headed to Verbier for a day to enjoy some off piste skiing in the fresh snow that had fallen. Now is is time to hope for some better weather for our last few days holiday.

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