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Zermatt Glacier Days


With Summer Fast Approaching, Full Tilt Skiers Head Out to Zermatt

With the summer fast approaching across the northern hemisphere, Will Wesson and Rob Heule weren’t quite ready to call it quits on ski season. Like many skiers, the two are constantly on the lookout for new zones to ski and new areas to explore. So they called up their good friend Sami Ortlieb. A Swiss native and creative skier akin to Rob and Will, Sami has developed a relationship with the fine folks that run Snowpark Zermatt. And as winter turned to spring, the boys gathered for the Zermatt Glacier Days Spring Session.

The Backstory

If you’ve been following Full Tilt Skiers over the years, you’ve probably seen the Zermatt Glacier Days edits these three have cooked up over the years. Along with a rotating cast of characters, The Zermatt Glacier Days has developed into a full-fledged video series spanning three years.

Check Out the Third Episode of Last Year's Glacier Days
Spring 2017

So with a healthy snowpack and a dedicated park staff, Zermatt wanted to capitalize and showcase their park building prowess. This year, Sami worked with the park staff to organize the Zermatt Spring Session. And with a creative set-up and healthy spring snowpack, Rob and Will were keen to join in on the fun.

When the guys finally arrived in the land of cheese and chocolate, they were welcomed by a massive park at the foot of the Matterhorn. Over the course of three weeks, Rob, Sami, Will, and Russian style master Andrey Anufriev took over the park, creating lines and imparting their signature style.

Andrey Anufriev airs over the Matterhorn
Andrey Anufriev airs over the Matterhorn in the First Chair 8

But it was less of a serious park shoot, and more of an opportunity to cruise and have fun. The In one quick lap where all the guys passed the camera back and forth, we caught a glimpse of what this massive park had in store: Rob blasts a proper nose butter cork 7, Andrey oozes style through the rails, and Will demonstrates his exacting, technical prowess through the rail section.

The Boys go T-2-B through the Zermatt Spring Park

However, like many mountain-speckled region around the world, spring can be a fickle time. Despite the herculean efforts of the park staff, spring squalls were prevalent, blanketing the alpine terrain in a fresh coat of snow. While it slowed the park skiing considerably, it afforded the boys the unique opportunity to shred glacial powder in early May – a surprising, and always welcomed occurrence.

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Rob Heule Wiggles Some Glacial Pow
Takeaways

But ultimately, the Zermatt Glacier Days Spring Session was about skiing park; and that’s precisely what the guys did. Between castles of snow carved into quarterpipes, mini-pipe pump tracks, and every rail set-up imaginable, Zermatt opened up one of the best parks in the world in that slack season between winter and summer skiing. The Full Tilt skiers took advantage, and got a taste of what is in store for the rest of the summer.

Check in later this summer for the third season of Zermatt Glacier Days!