Albula Alps Ski Tour 2012 – report and photos

Another great week on the Albula Alps Ski Tour this year – great snow, super quiet huts and lovely scenery.

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Day one, we skinned up the the Jenatsch hut in a bit of cloud and windy weather – but after that it cleared up for 5 days of blue skies and light winds with loads on untouched powder each day.

After an entertaining evening in Bergun on day two, we took the uplift out of town and skied sublime powder into the Backcountry, before the long climb and traverse over to the Es-Cha hut where we were the only visitors that night.

Day four and an early morning skin up to the short roped climb up to the Porta Kesch.  After that, we skinned up to the ski depot below Piz Kesch, then had the obligatory powder descent plus another afternoon lap for those still keen.

Day five took in an extra summit above the hut, to line up for a brilliant descent to lunch.  Then two climbs split by another series of great powdwer pitches got us across to the remote Grialetch hut.

Finally day six, we skinned and climbed Piz Sarsura before the massive 1700m descent down to the road near Zernez.  This proved to be a ski touring descent par excellence – with plenty of open powder pitches high up, then a steepening, narrowing valley leading to spring snow lower down and the obligatory crazy tree skiing down to the valley.

All in all a super memorable week, not least for the great company  – but not forgetting the snow, the mountains, the weather, the remoteness of this special region – it’s simply brilliant!