When the first winter snowfalls arrive and the Grossglockner High Alpine Road closes, the small village of Heiligenblut turns into a winter wonderland.
This last winter has blessed us with plenty of snow in the Alps. Compared with the
previous decades, there’s been above average amounts of snowfall, especially in
the Southern Alps.
The valley of Logarska dolina is a hidden gem, one that I’ve been extremely fond of ever since I was a kid.
This autumn has been unseasonably cold and snowy, especially in the mountains. The highest elevations (above 2,000 meters) had received a very early covering of snow.
North Tyrol’s highest mountain is only 28 m lower than Grossglockner. I remember seeing the mountain as the fog lifted and knowing immediately that I wanted to climb it.
Last week I taught a glacier travel course with fellow guide Boris Lorenčič in the Piz Palü area.
Towards the end of autumn, it seemed that a classic winter with plenty of snow was on its way. There was some precipitation, but unfortunately, it was followed by a dry period.
This season I’m going to be skiing on the carbon Mythic 97 and the wider and heavier Cham 107 2.0.
Peter Jeromel and the Slovenian guides association organized a glacier travel and crevasse rescue seminar, which was supposed to be carried out beneath Grossglockner, but the location was changed to Dachstein due to bad weather.
During Easter it seemed that large quantities of snow will last until May or June, but the warm winds again brought a major change. To make the most of the winter which seemed to be departing abruptly, we decided to go ski touring above the Logarska Valley this last Sunday.
Up to a meter of fresh snow had fallen in the northern Alps last Sunday and the avalanche risk went up to four in the region of Vorarlberg.