donderdag 7 januari 2010

FREERIDES AND AVALANCHES

The two weeks of Christmas holidays showed the whole spectrum of weather: we had freezing winds in the first days. Then temperature went up, which brought some rain (aarrggg) as well. And after that a few days sunshine in the morning and heaps of snow during the afternoon and the night.

We had a few days when the Etherolla chairlift was closed part of the day, due to the risk of avalanches. We saw the heli from the mountain patrol as they shot the avalanches. Spectacular to see: you see the heli hanging close to the mountain and sometimes see the great wave of snow even before you hear the dynamite, followed by the low roars of the falling snow. I'm always impressed by the power of nature.

I know, a bit off the beaten track is nice, now and then (and for some people more now than then).
But, if you're a lover of free rides and off-piste skiing or boarding... have a look:

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