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Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:00 am
I would like to say that Grindelwald has the most dramatic mountains I've ever seen.
The valleys were very lush, and looked a lot like vermont, so it clearly isn't as dry as out west.
Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:52 am
Tony Crocker wrote:The best mountains for summer activities are not necessarily the best for winter. Chamonix might an exception for that.
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admin wrote:IMO the best ski terrain in Switzerland is in the southwest corner of the country near the French and Italian borders.
rfarren wrote:I wonder if anyone here has skied Garmisch? We stayed there and the ski mountain didn't particularly impress. There are really impressive views, but I would imagine those are not skiable mountains.
rfarren wrote:If only the snow was as good out there as it was out west, or is it?
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:42 am
Tony Crocker wrote:rfarren wrote:If only the snow was as good out there as it was out west, or is it?
I'm still working on that. There may be a couple of microclimates in the Arlberg that hit 400 inches. Due to low tree line there aren't many places that measure high in the ski terrain. Verbier averages 230 inches at 7,200 feet, which is probably representative of many of the big resorts. I can tell you that if you're north facing at high altitude and that latitude the snow preservation is excellent.
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Staley wrote:...The one thing that really struck me in Zermatt and the Jungfrau ski areas was how rocky, convoluted and cliffed-out the terrain was. There were gigantic boulders everywhere in Zermatt and tons of uphill sections and huge cliffs around Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg and Mürren. Although I'm sure there's still some off-piste in these areas, the low snowfall and the aforementioned terrain must really limit your options.
Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:39 am