Freeskiing Switzerland 2011

Earlier this year I was invited by my good friend Sven Brunso to join him on a 2-week tour of the French and Alps.  The trip was organized by George Koch, a well-known writer in the ski industry and beyond.  George would be writing articles from this trip for Ski Canada and Backcountry Magazine.  The photographer for the trip was Henry Georgi, another extremely well-known ski and action sports photographer.  I was definitely the newbie on the trip, and really thankful to be there with this great group of guys.

This is the first photo taken of me while on the trip, snapped one our first run after arriving jet-lagged and bedraggled in a parking lot from which no snow could be seen. The location is Haslital, a smaller ski area in Switzerland.  Small is really a relative term in the Alps though, as even “small” ski areas often have 4-5 thousand feet of vertical.

Above is a shot from Zinal, another “small” area in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland.  The good folks at FlyLow Gear were kind enough to provide me with some of their stellar gear for the trip.  I’ve been rocking FlyLow’s Magnum pants for a while now, and I was super stoked on the new purple version. Flylow’s pants are, in my opinion, the best out there. Burly, breathable, and super well-vented thanks to both inner and outer thigh vents. That feature alone should put a pair of these in every backcountry skier’s closet for touring dasy. If you haven’t checked out their gear you definitely should.  Thanks, FlyLow!

Thanks also to Osprey Packs, Inc. and to Leki, USA.  Keep checking in for more updates and photos.

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