One Last Ride - The Cassons, Switzerland

Apr 12, 2016 at 12:10
by Clemens Capeller  
pic by Gaudenz Danuser

The historic Flims cable car to the Cassons (2695m), built in 1956, was scheduled to close last autumn. Kathi Kuypers knew she had to get a crew together for a final ride in this legendary cabin. She brought on local shredder Armin Beeli; always good to have a local boy on board. Next, Trek Gravity Girls teammate Katja Rupf and Trek Factory Enduro rider René Wildhaber – the 'Swiss Muscle'. All were on board for one last ride in the charming red lift.

pic by Gaudenz Danuser

Enough history lesson. Time to let Kathi speak for herself:

"It’s quite the same feeling to ride rollercoasters and being in love. It’s fun, it’s turning heads and you want more of it. That’s the same feeling I experience when I’m on my bike. Once I’ve tasted trail blood I turn into Edward from Twilight and crave more. I change into a habitual criminal and keep watching out for even more epic trails. Everybody knows that feeling when you hear which stunning trail is missing on your already miles-long bucket list. And then there is the one trail that grabbed the top priority: The Cassonsgrat in Flims, Switzerland. Rare things always trigger the collector in me. I have to have the last one, before it’s gone. Better go now, before it’s too late." 

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pic by Gaudenz Danuser

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The mandatory stop at the Cassons restaurant turned out to be a little language course in Armin’s first language, Rhaeto-Romanic. “Quater cafes fai aschi bien“ means “four coffees please”. He explains that because of the seclusion many places in Switzerland have come up with their own idioms. But, it makes me recall, with a shiver, the dark memories of my Latin time at school.

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The journey to the top takes about 40 minutes. The high plateau of Flims’s Flimserstein is impressive. With its bleak chalk walls, the Cassonsgrat is the highest point. In the south you can find Armin’s home, the village of Fidaz.

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One Last Ride

Finally, let’s ride! It’s 90 minutes of the finest high alpine stuff: rocky, challenging, fun trails. The trails are as good as Armin promised. I have to concentrate super hard to keep pace with my mates as we surf through the powder on the first 200 meters of the trail. Once again, I let myself get carried away by those amazing Swiss trails.

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The second part of the trail ends on the Trek Runca Trail. The freeride trail is fun for everybody. With its north shores, rollers and tables, it offers great variety and contrast to the high alpine part. The trail starts at 1842 meters in height and ends in the village of Flims. The trail builders have done a great job creating a unique playground.

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pic by Gaudenz Danuser http www.gaudenzdanuser.com

pic by Gaudenz Danuser http www.gaudenzdanuser.com

pic by www.GaudenzDanuser.com

The best gift you can give your friends (and yourself) is a day full of adventures. Even if the Cassons cabin is closed down, the Trek Runca trail is still rideable with the Naraus cable car. I can’t wait for the next trail experience.

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You can follow the crew here.

Trek Gravity Girls Katja & Kathi

René Wildhaber

Armin Beeli

If you want to know more about Flims / Laax check out the Laax / Flims homepage.

Lee Lau's spot check.

Or the home story from the "Swisstwintowers" and EWS racers Anita and Carolin Gehrig.

Thanks for the pics Gaudenz Danuser / Flims / Laax
GaudenzDanuser.com


MENTIONS: @trek




11 Comments

  • + 24
 Every time I see riding in a place like this, I wonder how the hell they keep their eyes on the trail, and not on the scenery. I am too used to riding in the forest, where everything becomes a green and brown blur...
  • + 6
 Absolutely stunning indeed...
  • + 2
 @macross87: I usually get really really cold and my fingers get frozen and numb , and the ride is funny, like kids has no brakes !! Smile
  • + 9
 Flims is awesome! The Romansch culture is also cool. Crap this and that
  • + 1
 with some hike-a-bike, this epic scenery and its trails are still accessible. most of us have probably carried around our bikes for descents that are less rewarding. be prepared for many hiker, tho. in flims they're mostly friendly but the exception proves the rule!
  • + 2
 Unfortunately there are always some people who can't get along... Definitely I hike my bike for trails that hardly compare... At that point it'd become more like a hike for fun with the added bonus of biking, or biking with the added bonus of hiking. Good times, is what I'm saying
  • + 1
 That's good to know...stunning high alpine trail....we do need to put films on our bucket list
  • + 1
 A really beautiful area, with stunning lakes to swim in at the end of a days riding.When I went you weren't allowed to take bikes in the Cassons lift .
  • + 3
 That`s rght. It was only allowed when you go with a local guide and as Armin is a guide at Emprova Bikeschool Flims everything was fine :-) www.emprova.ch
  • + 1
 I "hate" you!
what an experience!
Thank you for the "free travelling"
  • + 2
 Nice nice nice!

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