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Ski Mountaineering

I started skiing at a pretty young age - both my parents have been ski instructors in their earlier days. My father soon took us freeriding with him in the off-pist terrain at Arlberg, Austria. There, I discovered my love not only for deep snow skiing, but also for moguls and other more difficult terrain. I liked the permanent challenge for body and mind a lot more than the mere speed on the pistes. However, it took until my mid-twenties, when we were already living in Freiburg, that I exchanged the lifts for touring skis and started exploring the backcountry in the black forest. There are several nice and pretty steep descents near Freiburg such as the Kappler Wand at Schauinsland or the descent to Feldsee besides the Feldsee cascade.


However, the black forest in general is rather flat, continuous descents of more than 500 altimeters are rare... But fortunately the Alps are not so far. In around two hours from Freiburg, one can find the Berner Oberland and the Urner Alpen with plenty of 3000 and 4000 meter peaks. Only a little longer drive of around 4 hours away there is the Wallis and the Mont Blanc region, literally everything one could wish for.

Below, you can check out some of the greater tours I did in the past years.


Tödi (3614m) from Tierfehd via Hintersand, Bifertenfirn and Schneerus. 2900m elevation gain.


Titlis (3238m) ascent from Engelberg via the famous Freeride site of 'Laub', descent via Laub and another freeride site, the 'Steinberg'. 2500m elevation gain.


Rotsandnollen (2700m)


Wildstrubel (3244m) northern couloir from Lenk (harsh conditions, turned back at ~3000m due to incoming darkness).


Landvogtehore (2616m) and Drümännler (2436m) from Fildrich (Diemtigtal).


Grand Combin traverse: Combin de Valsorey (4184m), Combin de Grafeneire (4314m), Combin de la Tsessette (4135m); ascent via 'Couloir du Gardien', descent via 'Corridor'.


Dufourspitze (4634m) via normal route (western ridge)


Hohtürli (2778m) and Bundstock (2756m) from Kiental


Bütlasse (3193m) from Kiental


Guspislücke (2833m) from Gemsstock, Guspistal (2x), Gafallen


Baldenweger Buck (1460m) from Rinken, steep descent to Feldsee, Seebuck (1449m)


Toter Mann (1321m), Feldberg (1493m), Stübenwasen (1270m)


Rinderhorn North-Western Couloir ascent up to 3165m


Schauinsland (1284m), descent of Kappler Wand (3x)


Lacs Jovets ascent up to 2180m


Gran Paradiso ascent up to ~3400m, did not continue due to snowstorm


Alphubel (4206m)

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