Shades of Winter – Snow Report 21st Dec

Shades of Winter - Snow Report 21st Dec

PHOTO: Melissa Presslaber

We’ve had a busy, busy week.

It just didn’t stop snowing and everyone could find something of their liking. Not much got skied out on Saturday and Friday due to cloudy weather, so much of the snow was kept for the locals and the brave. Not much was left out, it just took some runs to get the speed going, but with 50 cm fresh on Sunday you weren’t fast – you were trying to see through the face shots and not fall of a hidden cliff under all that snow.

We hade the pleasure of hosting the annual Shades of winter camp crew in the house and they were working the mountain with local Engelberg mountain guide Daniel Perret. The group was of different levels in terms of ability but they all, like mentioned above, found what they were looking for. Everything was experienced. Powder turned to hot tubs, hikes to likes, groomers (filled with powder) to avalanche safety courses. All in all a really good camp that furthers the cause of skiing by including and sharing the pure joy of skiing. Just as it should be. Big ups to Melissa Presslaber and Sandra Lahnsteiner for making it happen.

Next week looks like Christmas morning!! A solid sprinkle will arrive during the next few days to fill out some cracks, and the only concern on the mountain is whether you should have a latte macchiato or a cappuccino on the top. It’s gonna be bluebird weather and Christmas, what else is there to entertain?

We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope to see you around soon.

Psst. CHRISTMAS PRESENT ALERT! 1 night stay incl. a delicious Skier’s Dinner, breakfast and the best snow in the Alps. All for 163 CHF pp. Available dates: 26.-27.12. or 29.-30.12. GO GET IT, you’ll never find a better gift. Send us an email and we’ll set you up. Code: Christmas Quickie

Hard Facts:

Snow depth Mountain (Slope, 3.020m): 418
Snow depth Location (1.050m): 78 cm
Snow condition: Powder
Latest snowfall: 18.12.17
Avalanche alert level: Moderate

Danger description


  • Northern Alpine Ridge as well as the central and eastern sectors of the Main Alpine Ridge: strong-velocity northerly winds at high altitudes.
  • At lower altitudes and in the remaining regions of Switzerland: light to moderate northerly winds; in the Jura region moderate northeasterly winds.

The snow drift accumulations of the last few days are covered with fresh snow in some cases and therefore difficult to recognize. They can be released, especially at their margins, Fresh snow drift accumulations will form in particular adjacent to the ridgeline and in pass areas. They are mostly small but can be released easily. At elevated altitudes, the prevalence and size of the avalanche-prone locations will increase.
Avalanches can additionally in isolated cases be released in near-surface layers, mostly by large additional loads. These avalanche prone locations are rare but barely recognizable, even to the trained eye. Defensive route selection is advisable.

Weather and conditions:

Testing the limits with a couloir. Safety training in Stand. Mountainguiding_engelberg

// Ski Lodge Team

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