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Weekly review – week 2

Happy but Tired

Snoworks – Week 1

Road closed to St. Anton, snow storm and the clients stock in Bludenz, not a great start of the week, but we somehow managed to start out some clients already Monday, the rest followed with a late start on Tuesday.

Everybody probably had one of their best ski weeks ever, thanks to the excellent snow conditions and the weather later in the week, with sunshine and a fresh dump of snow on Friday.

Sunday

Just to mention Sunday, where I skied the local runs down from Galzig to St. Anton with a Danish client, the runs which are known as Zwischen. The snow was so deep down and everything had got filled out, so that we could ski everywhere.

Not very often do we have these conditions in Zwischen, but Sunday was just one of those days, which will stand in my memory for a very long time. Mainly because of the bottomless powder snow, the not so many skiers and particular in the afternoon, where our tracks had gotten filled up, when we came back to ski it again and again.

Monday

Still fabulous conditions in Zwischen, where Andrea as my only student really got to experience, what deep snow means, and how tiring it can be to get back up on your feet again after a fall. It calls for wider skis.

Skier in Deep Snow

Big snow storm hitting St. Anton am Arlberg start of January 2012. Approximately 200cm of snow over 4-5 days.

Tuesday

Meeting the clients and skiing some very deep powder, which again was a bit of a challenge considered it was the first ski day of their holiday, and that they had spent the last two days, caught up in a hotel waiting for the road to open.

The afternoon gave us a good opportunity to do some transceiver practice, mainly for me to explain some of the newer and more efficient ways for the novice backcountry skier to perform a search.

Wednesday

First sunny day after the storm, still staying in St. Anton and Rendl, because the link to Stuben was closed, so we got some very nice runs in, up at Kapall and finally down Schöngraben to Nasserein.

Also transceiver practice for this group in the afternoon and a well-deserved powder run down into Hintere Rendl, where we had a good look at the huge avalanche they had blown the same morning.

First Real Powder

The snoworks clients are here skiing one of the classic powder runs in St. Anton, the Schöngraben Wald, which brings us down to Nasserein.

Thursday

Finally the link to Stuben was open – oh no, not yet, we had to ski to St. Christoph, grab a taxi so we could get to Stuben for some great powder runs. We choose to stay on the runs above Stuben, where we had plenty of space to make our own tracks in the fresh powder snow.

The last run of the day, down Milchböden into Maroi valley where we had some of the best untracked powder; some of the clients had ever skied, just on the last 100 height meter.

Friday

Cold – very cold and windy, light snow falling, but still the snow conditions up at Kapall where just great, and skiing down Schöngraben to Nasserein, was really nice, tracked up with a fresh layer of snow on top, it was effortless to ski.

Zwischen again, gave us some fantastic skiing and a lot of challenges, which I can say the clients really loved. We also took a side trip down into Jungbrunnen Tobel, where I can say they all got quit a surprise, when I took a super big tumble, two times summersault with a perfect recovery, skiing on like nothing had happened.

Saturday

The best day of the week I dare say. Heading over to Zürs for some fresh untracked powder snow was a bit of a hit. On the way we got untracked powder down Pfanne towards Alpe Rauz.

In Zürs the typical backcountry runs like Hexenboden down to Paziel valley (Vogelwanne), Gamsroute and Erzberg all gave us what we came for; deep powder snow and in many places untracked. Vogelwanne was completely untouched so here the clients were very happy.

Untracked Powder Snow

An easy traverse brings us out here just before Vogelwanne above Paziel Valley, completely untracked and super nice powder snow.

Certainly one of the better weeks ski guiding around in the off-piste and backcountry terrain of the Arlberg, let’s see what next week will bring. Some snow is forecasted later in the week.

A great thanks goes out to the two Snoworks groups that skied with me and of course to Snoworks for bringing their clients to St. Anton yet gain. Here you can see Snoworks program for the rest of season http://www.snoworks.com/iski.asp

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