Skitouring in Engadin
After our detour to Ticino and our first kilometers with the roadbikes, we went back to the mountains and the snow. In mid-March, it snowed heavily again in Switzerland. We spent the rainy days to change, wash clothes and clean our van.
First we went to Engadin. Engadin is located in eastern Switzerland in the canton of Graubünden. The upper and lower Engadin are located at between 1600 and 1800 meters above sea level and therefore still have a lot of snow. The first days we did ski trips where we started from the Julier Pass. The Julier Pass is also open for car traffic in the winter. From the pass you can go on tours in all four directions. The good weather and the good conditions made it possible for long tours with exciting crossings and beautiful slopes with fresh snow.
Empty slopes in Guarda
We then drove to Guarda. Guarda is a small mountain village that is often visited by tourists due to a very famous Swiss children’s book “Der Schellenursli”. From Guarda we went on a trip in the direction of the Silvretta mountains. The first day we went to the Dreiländerspitze. We crossed the border into Austria on skis.
As all mountain cabins in Austria are closed due to Corona, very few people were out and about. We had the slopes on the Austrian side to ourselves. After the tour we went back to the Swiss side, where we stayed in the Tuoi cottage. Even in the Swiss cottages you have more space than usual this spring, as the cottages are only 2/3 full. After a nice night the next morning, we started directly from the cottage towards Piz Buin. Piz Buin (3,312 m above sea level) was our first “real” ski trip this winter. Since the ski trips at high altitudes usually lead over glaciers, in addition to the usual ski trip equipment, we also have our climbing equipment with us in the spring. The conditions at Piz Buin were excellent and once at the top we could enjoy alone and in the sun without wind.
After Engadin, we made a detour to central Switzerland in the canton of Glarus. Conditions in the Glarus Alps are also very good right now. Tödi is 3,612 meters above sea level and Clariden 3,267 meters above sea level. These are also the two most famous top destinations in this region. Both trips are very long if you start directly from the valley. We started both tours at 3.30. At that time, only the moon shone and the temperature was relatively mild. It was magical to go skitouring at night and in the light of the full moon. The incredible silence, the glitter of the snow and the mountain peaks were breathtaking. We feel happy to experience such beautiful moments every day and look forward to all the coming adventures that still await us.