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traversing toward the top of our main descent route thru the Buuch icefall
 

Andi climbing thru some seracs to reach the top of our main descent route
 

starting down thru the Buuch icefall
 

it's a long way to the bottom, about 1900 vertical meters / 6200 ft of skiing, mostly with crevasses + seracs
 

tracks of our ascent route visible above right
 

not a place to be skiing except in very secure conditions
 

"bird" serac just behind Ken
 

on down toward the gentler lower section of the Mortaretsch glacier - (still with big crevasses under the new snow)
 

Just below the end of the glacier, we meet another backcountry skiing party on the walker's trail, then join them for skating on the cross-country skier's trail all the way out down to the Mortaretsch train station
 

looking back up the Buuch icefall (most of our ski route not visible) and the "Labyrinth" of seracs with the Crast Agüzza rock directly behind

(see also more photos of Piz Bernina skiing down + slide show on Picasa)
 


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