I have hotel booked for a long weekend week 4 at St Anton. But I have heard that there is not that much snow in that region. Im flying to Zurich and can go anywhere in that region, western Austria / eastern Schweiz. Not going off pist skiing or hiking. Any thaughts?
Where to go in the Alps for snow week 4 at the end of January?
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At the moment we have really crappy winter. It looks like it's going to change for few days, and next you have +15c. So at the moment it pretty much suck anywhere you go. There are chances for some cold and wet front coming over Alps next weekend, and most of are so desperate already, we take it as granted :) So let's hope it will really come and bring at least some snow :)
Thanks Cheizz. Good to hear that snow is on the way. I guess that if its snowing all ski resorts in that region will get its fair share. Also St Anton. I have never been to eather Serfaus or Ischgl. On bergfex.at it looks like those areas now have much less snow than St Anton.
The reported numbers are not updated very frequently. My girlfriend is a ski instructor in Serfaus, so I get my updates through her. Also, the forecast says the snow will come. Here my main source for that.
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We've had a great season to date in my little valley, late November start with a few epic days and very good through Christmas and New Years. Things started deteriorating last week and this past weekend was pretty grim. Snow coming end of this week. I haven't been watching much elsewhere, but the Arlberg is usually the go-to zone early season.
Ive heard a lot about Serfaus. Its pretty close to St Anton. Still bergfex says there is quite a bit more snow at St Anton. Where do you get that weather forecast?
The German website Wetterzentrale. http://www.wetterzentrale.de/topkarten/fsnewenszr.htm
For every point on that tiny map of Europe, a forcast is calculated and published every 6 hours.
St. Anton is famous for its off-piste terrain. They need a lot more snow for decent cover that Serfaus does (more grass as a base, less rocks). But I would go to St. Anton. Only some place really different would give completely different snow conditions. After next weekend, I could imagine the French Alps and Italy will be pretty good too. 1m in the forecast: http://wepowder.com/weblog/5673/PA-%236-Countdown-has-started%21
Thanks Cheizz. Most people go to St Anton because of the offpist terrain and the ski-routs that turn into nice powderfields accessible by normal lifts. No hiking. Im on the other hand a bit out of the powder loop and enjoy carving on nice medium to steep crowd free hard gromers insted. In St Anton this kind of terrain can be found on the runs down to the village in the Morning. Later on in the afternoon the slopes are so crowded you need to really watch out and not get into any crashes.
In the Serfaus area, lots of great red and black runs for the experienced groomer skier. Good connections, fast lifts, and well maintained sopes. I was there for two weeks end December, and even without a lot of snow the runs are really good and on the interesting runs, the beginners and crowds mostly stay away.
It' supposed to snow a bit more later in the week.