We received the last snow on the 4 th January. Rain left a harder layer underneath that was smooth and made the fresh pow on top fast and fun to ride. The past two days it was mostly sunny and conditions were nice for touring. Although a lot of avalanches had been observed over the past few days due to wind loading and sun effected heavy snow, the snow pack in the mellower more sheltered backcountry was settled quit well. But with a lot of fatal avalanches the past week in the greater area we were very cautious. Now avi conditions have been down graded from considerable to moderate.
Tuesday we spent riding lift access terrain and there was still plenty of untracked powder to be found. Traversing from different lifts in Lech/Zürs opens up plenty of long, fun sidecountry runs.
Wednesday we headed out deeper into the endless Lech/Zürs backcountry with our splitboards. Riding down into the valley below Warth a ski resort that was connected last season with Lech. The Arlberg area consists of many interconnected ski resorts that make backcountry returns with free ski buses and nearly 100 lifts and gondolas really easy. Honestly I am blown away by the endless possibilities for back country adventures in this huge area.
Our touring day started sunny and the skin up was a fast. We found great, fast powder on our run down. Then after a long traverse out of the valley we arrived to a bus stop that took us back up to the ski area of Warth.
An amazing day touring with friends: Sun, powder and faceshots!