Sunday, March 27, 2011

Skiing Adventure Bormio Day 2

First thing Monday morning we were totally pumped as we headed up the Gondola to ski Bormio.   The gondola took us up to the mid-station.  The mid-station lift was aptly called  Bormio 2000, and it was at 2000 meters. 

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This lift took us above the tree line to almost 3000 meters (around 9000 feet).  Up there we were surround by the peaks of the Alps, and felt as close to heaven as humanly possible.

I found it interesting that there were acres of untracked off pista snow.  The Europeans for the most part stay on pista.  I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised considering only traditional skis were available at the ski rental store the night before.  No fat or rockered skis, very few twin tip or skis over 80mm under foot.  

Last year when I was at Snowbird UT and Jackson Hoe WY, fat and rockered skis seemed to be the norm.  At the western US resorts, skiers were off trail (pista) almost as much as they were on trail, to catch any fresh untracked snow.  In Bormio, I felt like a kid in the candy store, and looked forward to a sample of fresh untracked snow under my skis.

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I was grateful to be skiing with seasoned backcountry skiers like Erik and Maria.  They scoped out a couple of areas they felt would be safe to venture off pista and led the way.  We had about 10 inches of snow over solid hard pack.  We floated down quite a while before getting back on trail.  Smiles all around.  A perfect first day adventure.

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