Salomon Freeski TV Episode 7: The Skier’s Haute Route

For Mike Douglas and Alexi Godbout, a ski touring trip through Switzerland’s Urner Alps was about much more than simply exploring a beautiful mountain range on skis. It was a chance to push themselves and expand their definition of what it means to be a freeskier.

In March 2015, the unlikely duo teamed up to attempt one of Switzerland’s lesser known ski tours, the Urner Traverse also known as the “Skier’s Haute Route”.

 

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The Urner Traverse is a multi day ski tour between Andermatt and Engelberg, Switzerland. The team’s intended 55km journey will require 4000m of ascending and is only possible by the system of high alpine huts that have sheltered skiers, hikers and mountaineers for decades.

For the full multi-media experience, and more on this epic trip, check out Salomon Freeski TV

 


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