So last exam out of the way, positive or negative results? Only time will tell. With the cumbersome routine of University behind me it meant that it was time to ski again! Once again it dumped in the south, they are getting absolutely buried this year its actually quite amazing to see.
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Last time we headed south we did not make it to the resort that I had wanted to ski at because the town and been shut off from the outside world. An Avalanche had buried the street into town under a couple meters of snow. Despite that we still had a great day in Ost Tirol. This time however the road was open and I finally got the goods! This time we headed down with Paavo (http://finnishedinaustria.blogspot.co.at) and Matt who has just come back from an epic trip to Hokkaido, Japan where it just dumps snow daily. Matt coming with high expectations was absolutely astounded by the amount of snow that was on the ground in Ost Tirol and the higher we went the deeper it got.
This year has been especially tough in the sense that most of our skiing days start with 2+ hour drives. They can be tiring and can be tough to get a handle on. We have always prided ourselves on getting to the ski lifts early, usually before they open so that we can be ready and in line in order to grab one of the first chairs. This means that we are not leaving at 7:00am or 7:30 but at 6:00am. This means 5:30am wake up calls! However it all adds to the sense of adventure so while tough and taxing the rewards are worth the sacrifice, (talk about first world problems! I know its a meek point of complaint but its still there!) because in the end we are going to ski, and ski really good conditions.
Paavo has a knack for driving in tough conditions and absolutely refuses to put chains on until absolutely necessary, I don’t know if this is a Finnish national pride thing or just cause its Paavo but on the drive there, I’ll just say that there were a couple of slippery moments. Getting there we looked around mouths open, arguing about the depth of the snow on the roofs of the houses surrounding us. We never really agreed on a definitive number but ill let the photos do the talking and hopefully you will argue amongst yourselves as to how much snow was actually on the roofs.
The day was followed by lots of skiing. We had never been to this resort before so we didn’t really have the lay of the land. So it was a game of “lets see where this goes”. It often ended in closed off sections of forest but several times it paid off making for some great runs.
I have always preached that longer skis are better! I will not say that I am stubborn but I learned that in tight situations sometimes a shorter ski will make life easier. Hopping on my 187cm Protests today really opened my eyes up to what a slightly shorter ski can do for you in tight and often times tricky terrain. I spent that day on my 196cm Protests and often times found myself getting snagged up on tree branches and what not. All I can say is that I spent a lot of my time face first in deep snow. Today skiing similar terrain the 187cm Protest was a blast. In the future when it gets tight I will definitely be spending those days on my 187cm Protest!
All in all one of the best days of the season. New resort, fresh snow, amazing terrain! Its the stuff dreams are made of. If “Frau Winter” keeps the taps turned on in the south that is where we will be.
Today we had another Faux Pas! Thinking we were smart we headed to the Dolomites to ski the Val Mezdi. Upon getting there we were greeted by higher than expected winds which lead to higher than expected avalanche danger! Italy works a bit differently, we wanted to park up at the Sass Pordoi cable car, ski the Val mezdi and take a bus back to the car. Sadly that is not how it works in the Dolomites. We just wanted to do the one run. We wanted to buy a single bump to the top of the mountain, ski the run and head home. We did not get to do that today. Frustrated by not getting a working compromise in order and not wanting to drop €46 a piece on day passes we said “Fuck it”. We hopped in the car and headed to Ost Tirol. In many ways it was not that bad of a decision, leaving Sud Tirol we watched as the strong winds ripped snow off the peaks: However beautiful and inviting the peaks look in the Dolomites touring at 2500m getting wind whipped is an acquired taste. Not to say we have not acquired that taste but today was all about chilling and having fun.
Off we went to Sillian, getting there we were greeted by sunshine and full parking lots, so we parked on the curb and got suited up. At this point I had realised that I forgot my helmet in my sleepy stupor this morning so I was glad to just meadow skip for the rest of the afternoon. As I was saying earlier, today was a great confidence builder: It was the first time that I felt totally at home in my TLT6’s , on Dynafit Bindings and my 187 Protest. We had fun, got some color and banged around for a couple of hours before the snow got cooked out by the sun.
Taking the day off tomorrow, but hopefully we will be back out there on friday in Ost Tirol, joined by a long time pow hound and friend Benni from back home in Salzburg. Till then…
May the POW be with you!
Rupi and Bernie