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December 31, 2005, Schartenkopf, Tirol, Austria
« on: 01/02/06, 06:02 AM »

Day 2 in Austria - After a decent snowfall of about 15-20cm, Kam, Michael, Corinne, Arno and I woke and headed out for another day of touring. We were a little apprehensive about the snow stability after several days of sub-zero (around -22 to -24 centigrade) with a dump of warmer snow on top, but we walked down to the center of town and got ready to go. We took the "lazy man's" option of getting a snowmobile tow up the flat 6 km road to the hut, where the climbing started, feeling a little guilty until we saw the Austrian Mountain Rescue guys show up on another sled. Luckily, the four young super-fit guys took off ahead of us, pounding out a nice skin track through the foot deep windcrust at a speed that was hard to follow.  

Natural releases were happening everywhere, making the route-finding a little tricky, but the mountain rescue guys picked a nice route with a minimum of risk. They chose to do a peak that looked pretty rocky at the top, while we went slightly to the left to the Schartenkopf, which was a nice skin except for a slightly sketchy section of the ridge where a slip might have been a big problem.

Great views again, with an incredible panorama of the Alps stretching across Austria and into Switzerland.

The ski down was less than ideal; definitely not as nice as the day before. Michael's brother-in-law to be, Arno, set off a good sized avalanche from the top that triggered another larger slide in an adjacent chute - after that, we stuck to low angle stuff on the way down, and the thick wind-crust made it hard to exceed 10 or 15 mph all the way back to the hut.

When we pulled into the hut, the hostess, who Michael had known for years, sent a complimentary round of schnaps to the table, which sent Kam into an immediate bout of sweating. We finished off lunch with a bowl of frittatensuppe and cookies before skiing back to town . . .
« Last Edit: 01/02/06, 09:42 AM by gregL » Logged

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Re: December 31, 2005, Schartenkopf, Tirol, Austri
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/06, 12:07 PM »

more photos from Schartenkopf.

What do you mean you didn't bring skis?

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Re: December 31, 2005, Schartenkopf, Tirol, Austri
« Reply #2 on: 01/05/06, 10:08 PM »

Hi Greg !
I happy to hear that you enjoyed the good austrian snow. I was in Innsbruck until january 2nd. We could have met. I heard it from a lot of people that they got heaps of snow this year. Last season was horrible. If you have to ski the resort check out Nordpark in Innsbruck and Axam Lizum near Innsbruck.

See you on the slopes

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