As we descended, the snow naturally got heavier but we were saved by the cloud bank.
Just above the grey layer of cloud we were passed by a character ascending on snow shoes walking his dog !
Normally the tour would continue down to Linthal & Tierfed where the helicopter would meet us, but as the cloud base was at 1000m & preventing the helicopter collecting us below it, the chopper came in through the top of the swirling mists to meet us.
A second short flight airlifted us back up to 3300m above the Clariden SAC Hut.
Chopper pickup rendez-vous
Up up and away...
We would have had the option to do just the one descent to Linthal but Paul convinced us that the 2nd descent would be worth it – even with the long hike out ! And he was right…
A swift hike to the top of the peak & a long powder field led us to the start of the South facing Russein Valley.
A steep entry followed by a long, “cruisy” ride out of the valley surrounded by high peaks on both sides brought us down to the end of the snow line. Boards off & a fairly long walk down to the main Disentis road. But that’s what happens when you do a South hang in Spring !
High above but only minutes away...
Paul, a local from the Disentis/Sedrun region is a must for any future Snowmotions guiding.
Relaxed, safe & knows the area inside out. With guiding for “Warren Millers Movies” on his resume we felt we were following an experts tracks & would recommend Alpventura to anyone needing an experienced guide.
The Cost of the days adventure is only CHF410- for the two flights or just CHF290- for the first flight.
The cost includes the mountain guide & a return taxi from the end of the Val Russein run but not Avalanche rescue equipment/beeper that is available for rent separately if guests don’t have their own.
Or return transport from Linthal if only doing the first flight descent.
Prices are per person based on a group of 4 sharing. Snowmotions is currently taking bookings for 08 Heli trips & skiers are as welcome as snowboarders ! A competent level of “Off Piste” experience is required but with a couple of weeks under your skis or board you should be ready for Heli action.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Our thanks to Paul from www.alpventura.ch & www.airgrischa.ch
JRS May 07