The sleepy town of Klosters has been taken over. The hotels are no longer packed with the skiers looking to hit the slopes and make the most of the powder, but with some of the world’s most important people, as the WEF (World Economic Forum) has taken over neighbouring Davos. Other than an incredible military presence descending on the usually sleepy village, the WEF means one thing… Empty slopes.
The delegates are at the forum and the slopes are empty… It would be rude not to make the most of the empty pistes and untracked off piste. With 30cm of fresh snow over the past few nights, there is plenty of powder to find and you don’t have to go far from the piste to find it.
Equipped with Scott Reverse off piste skis and all the important safety technology (avalanche transceiver and ABS bag), the mountain was begging for some powder hounds to chew up the pristine powder. And, boy, was it pristine. Pitch after pitch, the thigh high powder was a complete and utter dream to ski.
A quick blast up the Kreuzweg T-Bar and a traverse across opened up an incredible pitch down towards the Kreuzweg hut and the Schiferbahn mid-station. Playing in the powder on the flatter slopes is always good fun, but adding the extra element of a steep gradient adds a new challenge. Darting off the side of the Weissfluhgipfel (which will be known as just “The Gipfel” from here on!) heading down towards the Hauptertali gives a nice little thigh burn.
It is hard to complain about any of the conditions. The pistes are manicured to perfection, once again and the powder was sublime. With a little more fresh forecast in the next few weeks, here’s hoping for plenty more powder days before the WEF is over!