The forecast promised the snow flurries would end around noon, and the clouds would clear to partly-sunny skies for the afternoon. That was good enough for Andy and me! We hopped on a late-morning train along the shores of beautiful lakes Zurichsee and Wallensee, and jumped off in Unterterzen. We walked across the street and climbed on the gondola, which whisked us steeply uphill past verdant green pastures and snug little cottages until the trees were dusted with last night’s snowfall. We arrived at the tiny village of Tannenboden, at the base of the Flumerserberg ski area, right at noon. After renting ski gear in a local shop, we were ready to go… just as the clouds parted and the sun broke through, illuminating the jagged mountain peaks across the valley. Spectacular! and it would only get better. Read on, and check out the gallery.
The ski conditions were wonderful, with anywhere from 3-12” of powder accumulated in the past few days. Although the heavy-traveled runs exposed some of the icy base between the moguls, the trails were generally in great shape… and it was often possible to leave the trail (“go off piste”) and schuss through barely-touched powder. We spent some time in the clouds as we climbed through the mid-elevation chair lifts, but soon even those clouds scattered and we decided to brave the summit, topping out at 2222m (7290’). From here the views were spectacular, and I found it hard to leave. That, and the fact that the only trails down were scary ‘black’ runs 😱. The next photo shows the lift to that summit at left, and the trails return below and behind the lift line.
I survived those trails, long enough to get onto a gentler ‘red’ trail. The conditions were glorious.
We paused for a late lunch at the hilltop restaurant, which serves over-priced and under-tasty food, and was busy with non-skiing families who had ridden the gondola up for the views, the lunch, and the walk down.
We wrapped up the day with a long run back to base, an a reverse trip on the gondola and train… I really love how these ski places are reachable entirely (and conveniently) by high-quality public transportation.
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