Just back from a week in Austria. Flew into Munich, and trained it from there. It was snowing when we landed. Had a big plane of folks in front of us, so customs sucked to say the least. Then I kept hearing my name paged, and I knew that one of my bags was probably not on the same plane.
Once finally getting through customs, my fears were confirmed, and my ski bag was not coming until tomorrow, if I was lucky. Reason number eins, why you never, ever check your boots.
So, we missed our train, and ended up catching the next one 2 hrs later. It was snowing the whole time, and was dumping when the train pulled into Landeck. The bus picked us up, and we were off, and then the bus driver decided he had better things to do, and kicked everyone to a knee deep snow bank, and drove off. We waited for about 8 minutes, and bus # 92 from St. Anton was kind enough to take pity on us, and pick us up. Still no idea why bus driver # 91 couldn't take us the distance. Maybe he ahd a hot date, who knows. We managed to roll into Lech around 8PM, and took a cab to our hotel. At least it was still snowing...
We woke up to a winter wonderland of 30cm of fresh, and bluebird skies. The kind of stuff you hope for when you start a ski vacation but rarely ever seem to experience. Unless of course you are some sponsored skier who skis 200+ days a year.
We arrived the day of the Weisse Rennen, The White Ring race. Awesome! Half the mtn was closed so a bunch of Austrian's could race around all of the Arlberg! Oh well, what you going to do but go off-piste.Rented a pair of skis the first day. The hotel mgr ws kind enough to drive us to the Sport Alp rental place, and rented a pair of Blizzard Bonfides for the day. They were the perfect tool for the day.
There was plenty of off-piste.
A bit of avy activity too. Saw this go right as a skier was contemplating dropping this concave slope. But for the most part East, and West facing slopes were fine. North facing had wind loading and slabs. Sadly, 2 German skiers, who had a guide were killed off the Valluga 2 in St Anton while we were there.
But even days after the storm, there was freshies to be found.
Even 3 days after the storm, I was finding untracked. Just a few minutes of effort, yielded big smiles.
My ride to the goods.
Morning sunshine, and fresh Arlberg pow.
Did someone say "kalt rauch pulver"?
These kept showing up at the end of the day too...
Lots of nice scenery to look at while you were skiing untracked pow.
Heck, you didn't even need to be skiing to enjoy the views.
Our trip ended like it started, with snow as we left. Spent two days in Munich, where it snowed on both days too.
I hear the Arlberg is getting hit with the goods again. For those on their way; enjoy. For those thinking about going: go.
Edited by Toadman - 1/28/15 at 1:43pm