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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I just put the finishing touches on a last(ish)-minute trip to St. Anton via Zurich.

 

So, if anyone is going to be in the Arlberg area from the 15th to the 22nd, you might want to run and hide; I'm not a nice person. tongue.gif

 

Seriously though, if anyone feels like meeting up for some skiing, let me know. I'll be an army of one that week, so I'm free to roam about.

 

post #2 of 14

nice! send photos.

btw, do your tag line and username match?

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

nice! send photos.

btw, do your tag line and username match?



I'll try to remember my camera this time (unlike the first time I went there).

 

The username is because things fly around in my head but nothing really comes of it in the end. The sig is the opening line of a funny monolog in a movie.

post #4 of 14

do you know lbt or Wear the Fox Hat on this site? They're in England.

 

oh, it's the Waterboy. (courtesy of google)

post #5 of 14
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Well, conditions were certainly crap in the first half of last week. All that warm air and sunshine was a killer. When the cold weather moved in Tuesday night, the base was all ice or had completely melted away in spots. Despite three straight days of snow from Wednesday morning onwards, I was still hitting rocks or scraping the icy base far too easily on Friday afternoon.

 

 

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Everything was much prettier towards the end of the week, but my camera had died by that time. I think some moisture had gotten in there at some point. So, I only got a few snaps in the first couple of days.

 

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Well, conditions were certainly crap in the first half of last week. All that warm air and sunshine was a killer. When the cold weather moved in Tuesday night, the base was all ice or had completely melted away in spots. Despite three straight days of snow from Wednesday morning onwards, I was still hitting rocks or scraping the icy base far too easily on Friday afternoon.


Don't tell me that.  I'm be skiing St Anton on Saturday.

 

post #7 of 14
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Don't tell me that.  I'm be skiing St Anton on Saturday.

 



Don't worry, it snowed practically non-stop from Wednesday morning until the time I left last Saturday. And, the temperature never got anywhere close to going above freezing. Unless something freakish happens in the next couple of days, conditions should be good for you next week.

post #8 of 14

They reported 30 cm today.  I should be in good shape. Did you ski Stuben?  What was that like?

post #9 of 14
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They reported 30 cm today.  I should be in good shape. Did you ski Stuben?  What was that like?



One thing you have to watch out for in Stuben is the wind. The layout of the mountains in that part of the Arlberg area often causes the wind to really squirt through that valley. That, added with the fact that the town is usually in the shadows, can really cause it to feel much colder there than in other parts of the resort. So, be prepared to wrap up.

 

I think there were a few off-piste groups running the week I was there, because Stuben had a lot more traffic than I remember seeing last time. It was tougher to find fresh tracks because there were so many ducklings follow their guides. Next week will probably be quieter; I don't remember seeing any major groups running tours. If that's the case, that should give you a good day of easy-access off-piste skiing.

post #10 of 14

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.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

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.

post #12 of 14

Thanks CV.  I'm slogging through a last half day of work, the bags are packed. Will be landing in Zurich at 2am EST, then hopefully skiing a half day by 8am, I should be in my own vortex about then.

post #13 of 14

I'm here in St.Anton right now and the skiing is very good.  There is good coverage just about everywhere with just the occassional rock to make things a little interesting.  I skied St. Anton the last 1.5 days and tomorrow onward to Lech-Zurs.

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