“Skiing is best in the spring!”
Crocus are springing up in the valley, bicycles are coming back out of the cellars. But take a sweeping gaze at the mountains, and you’ll see that winter still dominates up there in all its glory. Bernhard Russi even says that spring is the best time for skiing. “In November and December everybody throngs to the slopes. But it’s is cold and shadowy, and the days are very short. Now in March, and well into late April, there is massive snow. On the Gemsstock we’ve just received 15 cm of fresh snow. The snow quality is fantastic and the temperatures in the mountains are already very pleasant too. For me these are the best skiing days.”
As an Andermatter, he has one of the snow-surest mountains in Switzerland right before the doorstep – the Gemsstock. Bernhard Russi has skied throughout the world, but he always returns to the “black diamond”: “This mountain is like a big lucky bag. Even today, I can still discover new couloirs or peaks. Although I’ve been up there so many times, I still haven’t seen it all yet. For me, the Gemsstock will always be an interesting mountain. The possibilities for off-piste skiing are inexhaustible.”
Bernhard Russi’s enthusiasm for his home mountain is contagious. Even those who have never seen it can visualize how the athletic downhill skier speeds down the piste in perfect form or winds down the untouched deep-snow couloirs with rhythmic ripping turns. “The fact is, up there – on the Gemsstock – I feel free like nowhere else.”
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