Hasenstock 10.4.2016

It snowed and some colleagues reported face shots on Saturday. So i planned my trip towards Oberalppass for Sunday, bought the discounted ticket in the evening and went to sleep early. Sunday 4 AM buying coffee at the train station i noticed the trains between Goeschenen and Andermatt are canceled because of a rock slide. OK, no worries, I can take the train to Goeschenen and then hitchhike up to Andermatt. One hour later i get kicked off in Lucerne because the road is closed as well and Andermatt is off limits. Meh. Alternatives? Engelberg is close, so let’s go. The problem is Engelberg is only about 1000m above sea level and the snow is gone. And i really don’t want to spend 60CHF to get higher up with the lift. Hm hm. Is Bannalp still open? Check, let’s go. Get off in Wolfenshiessen and take the bus up to Oberrickenbach-Fell and catch the little gondola. It looks familiar, then i remember i was here before, when we went to ski off Ruchstock (2814m). Nice. When I step off the gondola it feels like i am transported a few months back into winter wonderland, fresh snow on trees, everything white, sun raising. Originally i was going to go on Chaiserstuhl (2400m) but the approach along the south ridge and up the west slope is a stark opposite to the winter wonderland, the entire face is basically one big avalanche. Another change of plan then. I didn’t bring my ice axe and crampons to go climb Ruchstock again and so i opted for the pick in front of it, called Hasenstöck (2720m). Or actually up to the vertical tower that is the peak. Even though i started a little later because of all the transportation  circus in the end i was able to ski the face among the first people and was rewarded with some nice spring butter. And just because why not, i had to wait for another three hours for the bus back but there was a big sunny terrace, they had Rösti and beer so all good… 🙂

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