Its been dumping most of the week with some sunny breaks. It’s been great riding, excellent fluffy pow. Chris Schnabel and friends shredding the Albona North Face in Stuben am Arlberg, Austria in this video.
Finally after weeks/months of waiting and praying for snow the powder has come! Since Saturday evening we’ve had a mix of sun and snow resulting in a good 60cm of fresh powder. The snow came with quite a bit of wind but at cold enough temperatures that it’s the fluffy, sprayy good stuff.
Generally there is very little snow in the Alps at the moment. There was some early season snow especially in the Arlberg region a couple of weeks ago but most of that has been melted and rained away.
So if you want to find some interesting skiing and touring – go up high! the Kaunertal is a glacier ski area opened most of the year. It’s located in south/west Austria right on the Italien boarder. Ski touring to the Weissseespitze you actually skin partly through Italy before reaching the Peak. The Gepatscherferner glacier is humongous and the biggest in the eastern Alps.
The Stubaier Glacier is just a 30 min drive south from Innsbruck. It boasts the best pro Park in the Word at this time of year. It’s south facing and located at around 3000m elevation. The world elite riders and skiers have flocked to Stubaital to hit the huge jumps and rails in Stubai Zoo terrain park. Weather has been perfect this week sun and blue skies with some gusty wind at times. The Stubai Glacier offers a huge amount of terrain and slopes. At the moment 900m vertical runs are possible.
My roommate, friend and riding buddy Irian van Helfteren is definitely worth an Interview. He was the first dutch man to compete in the Freeride World Tour, is a talented photographer and mountain guide – who knows the ins and outs of the Arlberg region. He has been living in Ausrtia for over 10 years. He divides his time up between […]
Between St.Anton and Kappl there is this about 600m vertical couloir which nobody seems to ride. A beautiful line we had to check out. The high pressure has given us great touring conditions the past few days. But day time heating has made everything but pure north facing slopes sketchy. On the weekend there was around 300 human triggered avalanches just in Tyrol – Crazy! The high pressure has given us great touring conditions the past few days. But day time heating has made everything but pure north facing slopes […]