Current Transportation: BMW Series 5 in Switzerland, Subaru Outback in the US
Core Activities: Rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, ski-mountaineering
Non-Core Activities: Tennis, ski coaching, ski instructing, coffee, beer drinking
Favorite Places: The Dolomites, Red Rocks, Berner Oberland
My Jam Is: Classic, Pop, Country to Rock
I Eat Lots Of: Swiss cheese, tirol bacon and bread
Fun Fact: I am lazy.
For Freddy Grossniklaus, the mountains are his life. An IFMGA certified mountain guide, avalanche instructor, ski Instructor, USSA 330 coach and telemark instructor, he divides his time between Utah’s “Best Snow on Earth” and the Swiss Alps. He loves being outdoors, loves feeling the sun on his face, and even loves the times when he has to scrape the snow off his mug in a blizzard. Though he’s been guiding for three decades, he still thinks he’s getting away with something considering how much fun he has at “work.” There isn’t a day that he doesn’t marvel at the power and beauty of the Alps. Though he grew up in a quaint village in the Swiss Alps, he prefers Outdoor Research ski pants to lederhosen, and he’s bummed he can’t yodel. His goal is to guide until, “I drop dead at about 95 somewhere on a glacier.”
I wear the Maximus Pants now for coaching on warmer days and with a base layer when the weather gets colder. They fit great and have lots of roomy pockets for the obligatory Swiss Army knife, handkerchief, sun screen, snuff, cell phone and wallet.
The Verismo Hooded Down Jacket has become another go-to item, which is lightweight but provides great warmth when needed. It looks great, and I can wear it under a Gore-Tex jacket as well.
A Guide’s Take: Drugs Have No Place In The Alps
A Swiss guide asks, Why do people risk taking drugs instead of preparing better and accepting a little suffering? [Read More]
How To Keep Your Head Above Snow
Avi safety tips from an IFMGA mountain guide and AIARE levels 1-3 avalanche instructor. [Read More]
How Do You Go Big in the Mountains, But Stay Safe?
A mountain guide learns to love the journey itself. [Read More]