21Mar2016

Photo: Pally Learmond Rider: Stian Hagen

BMT road tripping through the Alps

| 21Mar2016

Things I have learned traveling around and filming in new places.
Local knowledge is like gold, any sort of local beta or info on snowpack can jump start your trip and send you in the right direction.  Looking into Avalanche bulletins, weather forecasts, maps etc. is stuff you can always do before your trip, but if you have the chance to hook up with a local shredder you have hit it home!

 

I arrived in Chamonix checked into my hotel, meet up with Stian Hagen and Austin Ross. Trip plans always change and it is great if you can stay flexible to chase the best conditions.
Right away the team starts hatching a plan on where to go skiing: Austin and I start mounting skis while Stian is storm chasing, making calls, and looking at weather in the alps.

 

We decide the first location on our hit list will be St. Moritz with local shredder and Volkl team rider Lucas Swieykowski.  Lucas has spent many seasons in this valley and knows it well.  He was a great guide taking us around, and showing us the goods. Lucas helped us out with lift tickets, accommodation, where to eat, where to find some great ski descents.   After a two days of Swiss cold smoke powder, we decided to move on in search or another ski location.

 

Next up Nadine Wallner of Arlberg Austria:

Skipping Apres in Switzerland, we jumped in the car and Stian drove Austin and I to Austria to meet up with Nadine Wallner.  Nadine had just finished the FWT event that day, skipping the after party to meet up with the crew to show us around. Nadine grew up in  this valley, so it didn't take much for her to come up with a few lines she wanted to ski.


Finding the lines and figuring out the zone would have taken a few days of dogging around and getting caught in schnitzel apres bars with the other tourists.  It was a great two days of skiing lines in epic conditions, something we couldn't have done without local knowledge.


Thanks team for another great BMT trip!  I can't wait to show you around my home in BC, Canada !!

Written by Christina Lusti

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