One of the great adventures of skiing is the “Haute Route”, or “high route” across the French and Swiss Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn. You can ski it (actually ski tour it) or you can hike; there are guides in Chamonix who will take you every exhausting step of the way. We’ve got some videos to be posted tomorrow on that classic route.
This particular journeys through the Urner Mountains in the Swiss Alps, going from Andermatt to Engleberg; it’s called the “Skier’s Haute Route” because of the great powder skiing runs it offers. It is a classic ski adventure, a very real test of technique, nerve, and endurance. This film, sponsored by Salomon and Salomon FreeskiTV, follows skiers Mike Douglas and Alexis Godbout as they commit to the trip of a life time.
It is a ski touring trip and the route is well known and not without its’ comforts–there are ski huts with caretakers along the way, to give you a good nights sleep and a warm meal. But it is arduous: in exchange for the right to ski down untracked powder slopes, you must fulfill your part of the bargain by walking up them…on skis. The film is short but a great introduction to one of the skiing word’s legendary trips. It’s not quite as arduous as the trip form Chamonix to Zermatt, but it is just as dangerous and testing.
And see you at the bottom.
Our annual Winter Film Festival, the Fourth one we’ve produced, is now in progress. The WFF posts will go up after the The Nightshift’s daily international news feed which takes place every morning. The Winter Film Festival posts start at 12:15 PM for the first post.The 2017 Winter Film Festival will conclude on Friday, 17 February.
The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at You Tube, who have an amazingly large collection of great ski (and ice boating) videos available for your viewing pleasure. Thanks, guys, for sharing. This post is number 977 for this site.