No one knew how many people would turn out this weekend for summer skiing at Verbier. As it turns out over 600 people showed up to go skiing leading to long lines and a shortage of beer.
Following a massive winter, the resort announced last week that they would be re-opening this weekend in a rare move to offer summer skiing on the Tortin glacier.
Summer skiing on the Tortin glacier used to be common in the 1980’s but the shrinking glacier ice and the shorten winter season in the Alps foced the resort to stop the practice.
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It was a cracking day all round – there was a huge uptake leading to a pretty hefty queue forming pretty quickly at the Mont Fort lift, but when you’re standing in a sunny queue with views like these, frankly who cares?
It genuinely was old-school bikini skiing weather, with scorching sunshine probably leading to some even-more-scorching sunburn later. (In fact Verbier was briefly transformed into one of those eighties post cards that still seem to circulate in ski resorts everywhere. As a sophisticated bunch, we have shunned that sort of cheap titillation. Have a look on Facebook though).
Televerbier did a cracking job and even had a barbecue going. As Nessa observed, “The BBQ wasn’t free of course, but still good to enjoy a beer and bbq’d steak post ski”. True that.
The snow was “grippy to start, slushy & sticky at the bottom” which is pretty standard issue for glacier skiing although the mini drag lift broke below the start of the main Mont Fort lift, which leaves you with a rather hefty walk when you’re at a smidgeon under 3000m. I’m sure the thought a of a beer and a steak waiting at the top might have hurried a few along. Keep reading @ performanceverbier.com