Rigi


Arth Goldau - Rigi Kulm - Rigi Scheidegg - Lauerz

30 cm snow in the lowlands - in late April! I thought I was done with skitouring for this year, but Adrien talked me into going again. I thought, sure, lets do Rigi - it's close and I can cross it off my list. We got to Goldau quite early, and started walking towards Blätzen. It was actually quite tough to get through the masses of snow (must have been close to a meter [!] of new snow). Once leaving from Kulm, the snow got really wet in the warm spring sun, and that's when the fun started: after getting yelled at for crossing somebody's yard (I thought there is no "private property" in the Swiss mountain region), we were on the ascent to Dosse. Big chunks of snow got stuck under our ski, which was really tough. After reaching the ridge I wasn't less exhausted than on any other hochtour. Oh well, skiing down was ok fun, to much deep "Bremsschnee". Approaching Lauerz we got yelled at a second time by some lady who wanted to make we understand that "it's spring and no time for skiing anymore, especially on farmland meadows (which even in the valley were still covered under ~20 cm of snow). Ok, we thought, thanks for telling us, and wanted to get out of there. Unfortunately, someone didn't check the bus schedule for Lauerz properly, so we had to hitchhike to Goldau. Some nice guy from Muoatathal ("that's were all the snow in Switzerland comes from") brought us all the way.

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