It was just a matter of finding the time to post this TR. Back in the last century near the middle of the last decade, I went on a trip to Cervinia with my brother and a bunch of other skiers. The trip was organized by a ski and bike shop (is there any other kind of ski shop out there!?) in Portland, ME. This was my first trip to Europe since 1977 and I was pretty excited about it. There is another story from this trip in The Edge Of Never contest thread.
We arrived after dark so this was our first view of the Matterhorn.
While it hadn't snowed in a week, we were skiing fresh all week long. Here are some of our tracks at the resort.
That's me telemarking at the resort.
Some guys had been in communication with a fellow named Lino. He was the owner of Lino's, a great bar right at the base of the area. He was a telemarker, as were many in our group, so he was excited to ski with some like minded skiers. He showed us the goods just outside of the ski area. I'm following Lino in this shot.
Four of us pitched in to hire a guide for a fantastic tour. We rode the lifts up the resort early in the morning to the top of the area. From there, we hiked a few minutes to a spot on the Monta Rosa glacier where we started our descent. Along the way we ran into a guide hut. Our guide, a direct descendant of the guide that lead the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn, is entering our visit to the hut in the log.
Onward and downward. A piece of ice that had fallen from above.
The conditions were firm at the top and became crusty then spring-like near the valley. This is a barn that we passed on our way.
The village of St. Jacques.
My brother next to a sign that shows the valley we had just descended into.
The col from the other side after we skied down to another ski area. The skiing was getting much better.
From here we took another single ride ticket to the top of a resort and skied the backside down to a bus stop that took us back to Cervinia. The guy in the orange jacket in the earlier photos was exhausted so we missed out on actually skiing back into Cervinia. All in all, a great trip.
Another story followed this week of skiing in Cervinia as my brother and I stayed a week longer travelling to the Dolomites for a night (the skiing was not good at the time) and back west to Gresonnay and some fabulous spring skiing conditions at Monta Rosa and Alagna. Work is calling, so that story will have to wait for another time.