SWISS 4000 STEEP SKI | A great finish for Edmond Joyeusaz and his team
In recent months, we have illustrated the Swiss 4000 Steep Ski, an extreme ski project conceived and led by Edmond Joyeusaz on the walls of the most impressive four thousand in the Alps, on the Swiss side. With the descent of the Matterhorn, the team adventure ended, after almost three years. We let the words of Edmond describe this incredible challenge and its breathtaking ending.
The Swiss 4000 Steep Ski project started in 2015; the goal was to ski on walls and virgin slopes, drawing new lines on 4000 meters mountains that are located in Switzerland. First of all, the south face of the Grand Combin (4314 meters above sea level), the Dent Blanche north (4357 m), the south wall of the Weisshorn (4506 m) and, as a conclusion, climbing and skiing during last spring the Matterhorn (4478 m), integrally from the top.
The east face of the Matterhorn was skied for the first time on May 15, 1975 by Toni Valeruz, who first ventured to risk on the slopes of the Gran Becca.
The descent of the Trentino born, however, did not start from the top, in fact, about 400 meters were missing, the most difficult ones. On May 25, Edmond Joyeusaz managed to get down the 400 meters missing from the top, by skiing on the north face, then changing sides, crossing on the east side and achieving the first complete descent from the top of the Matterhorn.
Congratulations to Edmond and his team for this fantastic feat.