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Hi Guys, new hear and from South Africa ;)

 

Before you ask I have a car as transport and not a lion ;)lol

 

I want to go on a Contiki skiing holiday this December and was wondering what the skiing is like. The last time I went to Austria was about 5 years ago in January and it snowed once and never again :( I do not want that to happen and I know February is the best time to go but I would like to go in December. The tour takes me to Hopfgarten village in the Austrian Tyrol. Is any body familiar with that place? How is the snow and skiing?

 

I am sorry if I placed this thread in the completely wrong section so forgive me :) 

Thanks guys

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Welcome to Epic Nicolas. I've never actually skied Hopfgarten but know it by repute. It's part of the Skiwelt and as you'll see if you check it out it's pretty low lying with the village around 600m and the top station under 2000m. Early season is therefore not as snowsure as some other places. Obviously it's the mountains and you just never know but you're coming a long way and it would be wrong to lead you to think the snow is as good s guaranteed. I would always go higher than this at Christmas. In Austria I would try and look for a village ideally above 1400m. If I were going furhter West in the Alps I look for something even higher. I hope this helps and isn't too negative.

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Welcome to Epic Nicolas. I've never actually skied Hopfgarten but know it by repute. It's part of the Skiwelt and as you'll see if you check it out it's pretty low lying with the village around 600m and the top station under 2000m. Early season is therefore not as snowsure as some other places. Obviously it's the mountains and you just never know but you're coming a long way and it would be wrong to lead you to think the snow is as good s guaranteed. I would always go higher than this at Christmas. In Austria I would try and look for a village ideally above 1400m. If I were going furhter West in the Alps I look for something even higher. I hope this helps and isn't too negative.

 

Nope, this is what i need! Information and you have given this to me. Ahh, well then I do not think I will be doing a ski trip in December then:(

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I have now decided to go in early Jan when the snow quality is a lot better, am I right?

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It has a much better chance then. Another thing that should be better is how crowded the area is. January will be much more pleasant. It's a constant concern of mine that in so many European destinations the crowds at holiday times are ridiculous and dangerous. 

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thats great :) I cannot wait...and is Hopfgarten covered in snow in Jan?

 

The red line is the upper piste depth and the blue line is the lower piste depth. What do the upper and lower piste depths mean?

 

This is what it looked like last year in Hopfgarten

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Lower is the depth towards the bottom of the pistes, usually around village level and upper will be taken near the top elevation. It's a good guide and certainly a way of comparing from one season to another in the same resort. Resorts tend to use areas of good accumulation to measeure and it does not neccesarily indicate the depth across the pistes. Thee would be a timeline across the base of the graph that would show when the levels were as they were. I think this probably was for last season when this part of the alps had an amazing January.

 

All bing well January should be fine. As I said before, it is the mountains and there are never any guarantees; fewer in recent times. I'm sure you'll have some great conditions and it's a big area where you can ski across from village to village. I always find the feeling of travelling on skis to be great fun.

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Consider Bad Kleinkircheim, I skied there many years ago when all other ski areas had no snow over X-mas/New Years holiday.  This was recognized as a snow hole in the old days.

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Lower is the depth towards the bottom of the pistes, usually around village level and upper will be taken near the top elevation. It's a good guide and certainly a way of comparing from one season to another in the same resort. Resorts tend to use areas of good accumulation to measeure and it does not neccesarily indicate the depth across the pistes. Thee would be a timeline across the base of the graph that would show when the levels were as they were. I think this probably was for last season when this part of the alps had an amazing January.

 

All bing well January should be fine. As I said before, it is the mountains and there are never any guarantees; fewer in recent times. I'm sure you'll have some great conditions and it's a big area where you can ski across from village to village. I always find the feeling of travelling on skis to be great fun.

Thanks for the added education :) I am booking my trip this week, it is going to be costly but well worth it :)

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Consider Bad Kleinkircheim, I skied there many years ago when all other ski areas had no snow over X-mas/New Years holiday.  This was recognized as a snow hole in the old days.

 

I am going on a Contiki tour and they only offer going to Hopfgarten.

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