Last winter 2018/19 I was completely fascinated by the cross-country ski run – there was hardly any time or desire left for ski tours. And the snow situation this winter leaves a lot to be desired. The lowlanders are fleeing from the fog into the mountains over the Christmas holidays and all hell is breaking loose on our doorstep. The ski area parking lots at Ibergeregg and Hoch-Ybrig are overcrowded every day and there is regular traffic chaos. So we take our escape to the front and decide to drive to the most remote valley that comes to our mind. Our choice falls on the Safiental.
In our case, remote means getting up early – and that on New Year’s Eve, when staying awake longer in the evening would actually be the order of the day. Already at 5 o’clock the alarm clock gets us out of sleep. So we jump into the already packed car after a short breakfast and at 8am sharp we are already standing at the parking lot of the Turrahus – the starting point for our year-end ski tour to the Tällihorn.
There is still not much going on back here at the end of the valley and almost alone we start our ascent. It is cold here in the shade – the sun has not yet made it over the 3000m mountain range with Alperschällihorn, Pizzas d’Anarosa and Bruschghorn on the opposite side of the valley. And my icy cold fingers torture me once more.