Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
I am considering going with Piste to Powder for a day. Do you how a day with the guides is?
Also, with this amount of snow, is avalanche danger going to minimum?
I've only skied Zermatt, which had all these pole marking groomers, and past that it as all on your own, with many cliffs and blind alleys, so I did not venture from the trail. Is St Anton any different? There weren't ANY mogul fields in Zermatt even though about 85% of the mtn was open, my understanding is that it is much different in St. Anton and much better for the advanced skier.
I'll be there 3.5 days. One of the days I'm going to try to do the circuit around Lech-Zurs on my own and then likely one day with Piste to Powder and 1.5 days at St. Anton. I'm staying in St. Christoph. i'll be traveling by myself from USA. Leaving Philadelphia tomorrow early evening.
Piste to Powder is pretty good, but I didn't check the prices because there just wasn't enough snow to go with them when I was there. Someone else here might know the answer though. The only reason there were extra crowds while I was there was that some British groups were doing trips to St. Anton on that particular week. Next week should be quieter.
The whole Arlberg area has a number of slopes designated as ski routes (you'll see them marked with a dotted red or black line on the maps). Some of the red ski routes get groomed occasionally, so sometimes they'll be smooth in the morning. But, the black routes don't really get touched at all. So, unless there's a big dump that covers them up, you'll have all the moguls you could ever want on those. And if there is a big dump, it's like off-piste skiing with signs to show you the way down.
Like other European resorts, they have no qualms about marking out pistes right next to big cliffs or streams, so you shouldn't go off piste without making sure you have an exit route. But, there are a lot of areas you can easily scope out from the lifts or looking up from the groomers. So, you should be able to find a number of patches to play around in without much danger. And, you might even stumble into a guided group or two that help you get down an area you're not able to scope out for yourself. I did that a couple of times, basically getting a couple of free guided runs down areas I didn't know. Just be sure not to overstay your welcome.
In Rendl, look to the left of the Gampbergbahn or the left of the Riffelscharte. In Stuben, anything on the left side of the mountain (the right side is too easy to get cliffed out).In Zurs, check out the area under the Hexenboden, as well as the area around the Zursersee and Seekopf lifts. Also check the area to the right of the Madloch lift. The ski routes from Zurs to Zug will give you plenty of mogul action.
Those are all easy access off piste. I didn't get a chance to really look around Oberlech or parts of Lech.