Up on the Swiss Alps
No place is like snow and to most of us, the Engadin and its slopes immediately speak freedom: open and majestic, the valley is the perfect set to test the SEASE Snow Kit. Nothing better than a climbing skins experience with our team: the easiest, funniest way to make the kit real. This is how a day on the snow begins, surrounded by one of world’s most intense alpine landscapes.
testing the gear
We leave early AM. The goal of the day: testing ourselves, as much as the items we carry in our bag. Shells and base-layers are meant to withstand the harshest outdoor conditions. And still, they look so elegant that they can easily fit as contemporary uniforms for the city. We think of the office for a few seconds: emails, meetings, deadlines. And still, our hearts belong here, facing the mystic vision of Diavolezza. Nothing can affect the magic of these peaks. Harsh and sweet at the same time, the valley of the Grisons is the place to be for the day. And the perfect one to escape.
A rough agenda - starting at 7am, arriving at 1pm. Basic but safe: the Passion Ski guides are with us. We leave, in silence, with clothing to support us, and our favorite gears. Super lightweight, ultra performing skis by Denieraz, and the Founder himself, Antoine, the Olympic champion, serve as of guardians for such an epic mission.
It’s not a child’s game: no matter how many hours you spent in the gym, how much your body endures fatigue, how many vitamins you carry in your body. The mountain is tough, and setting the right pace is essential to deploying energy to the fullest. The climb is long yet smooth. We see an end and the skis are lighter than we thought.
Going down is too fast: freedom, the smell of fresh air, the cold in the face. It lasts too little. We are down in the valley just happy, excited and proud of bearing such unforgettable experiences as part of our job. We would like to go back up, but it is dark and someone is waiting for us.
The team is happy, friends are incredulous. We spent a few hours away from the noise of the city. The turning table plays reggae as we watch a preview of the video footage shot with drones, and GoPro cameras by Matteo Zanga. Downhill, the landscape is always mild and welcoming, people here still know the great teaching of the Mountain: number one, take your own skin home. Two, help your companion. And finally, the great goal: reach the summit. Then you understand that the mountain is the perfect metaphor you were looking for.
Photo Credit Matteo Zanga