Last week we enjoyed two perfect powder days in the Austrian Alps. 25-30 cm of cold, dry powder fell on top of a layer of solid, frozen snow; combined with abundant sunshine and no winds whatsoever, it made for great skiing. Only after the lifts closed did we stop to have a well-deserved beer… A friend who was skiing on his new Dynastar Cham High Mountain 107 skis for the first time experienced a proper revelation: these are the skis that we dream about.
Next up are three weeks of Chamonix; we’ll keep you posted about that as well.
Milan Romih, mountain guide
While Milan was enjoying the powder fields around Grossglockner, I spent more than two weeks at the Bavarian and Vorarlberg resorts, where winter hasn’t yet been so generous with snowfall. We had four powder days, on which the snow got tracked out pretty quickly. At one of the compression tests we did, a layer of snow slid before we even touched it. It turned out that the avalanche hazard in certain areas was much more substantial (considerable to high) than what the avalanche bulletins indicated (low).
Large amounts of new snow are forecast for the next days, so be extra careful and observe all the rules regarding avalanches.
- Don’t ski alone outside marked trails;
- If you do go off-piste, always carry a beacon, shovel and probe.
If you’re not well-trained and experienced in searching for burials using an avalanche beacon, stay on the marked trails or hire a mountain guide.
Ski safely and enjoy the wonders of winter.
Danilo Tič, mountain guide