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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 11-01-17 17:23
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@rob@rar, Yes, of course there are strong elements of tourism throughout the Alps. I'm merely pointing out that they feel more organic than a what you often find here in the States. I prefer but not knocking American skiing. To each his own.
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Wed 11-01-17 14:37
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@Posidrive, Totally agree with you and I'm an American (albeit one with an Austrian father). I've skied some of the best snow of my life in Colorado and Utah, and I love the small resorts of the East Coast where I live, but nothing compares to skiing in the Alps, particularly Austria, Switzerland and Italy. It's the sense of tradition, the real villages that weren't manufactured for ski tourism, the food and the mountains. Skiing out west in America might give you deeper snow and higher elevations, but the mountains are far less dramatic and most of the resorts feel too corporate. It's the Disney version of skiing.
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Mon 9-01-17 14:55
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@gores95, Glad to see more people from the US going over. You're going to love it. I'm located in NYC -- was just there for New Year's and planning to go back in Feb or March. Looks like you'll have good snow. The good thing about tickets there is that they're cheap compared to the US. Our tickets were 53 euros per day (compared to the $175 we paid at Vail last Christmas that's a steal). I'd just ski every day. If you're feeling tired just do a leisurely day on the slopes and a long lunch with plenty of wine at the Hospiz Alm. Also make sure to take the new Flexenbahn lift over into Zurs so that you can ski both Zurs and Lech. Truly impressive and a much different vibe than St. Anton. Have a blast!
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Fri 6-01-17 3:41
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@neslot, I wouldn't let it worry you. I did the same thing over Christmas. We booked a trip to The Arlberg for 12/26 - 1/2. I was taking American friends who'd I'd convinced to ski in Austria after talking it up for years. But instead of fresh powder we got the driest December that region had seen in 25+ years. I worried my head off, practically ruined the Holidays (my wife was furious!) in the run up to our departure and you know what? It was all for not. No, we didn't get snow (that happened the day after we left), but we had a fantastic time. Sun, nice artificial pistes, good food, great apres and endless views of the Alps that sure beat the hell out of my drab office view in NYC. I'll pray for snow for you, but you'll have a blast regardless. Enjoy!!
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Thu 5-01-17 18:02
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@Cubanpete, I was in the Arlberg last week and Lech was barren aside from some man-made pistes (sheet of ice and strewn with stones). Zurs was a bit better on the north side and St. Anton was best, albeit all man-made. Sounds like they've received 50cm in town and 80cm up top in the past few days. Skiing should be much better but they'll need a few more weeks of steady snow to open everything off-piste. Still, it's the Arlberg, just go!
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Wed 4-01-17 19:23
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I skied with locals while there and they said it'll need a good month with multiple storms for all the off-piste to open. Still, this is significantly better news that what we've experienced for the past 6+ weeks. Also, the table dancing at the KK is quite precarious under new snow. Safety first, everyone.
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Wed 4-01-17 17:21
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@Kelskii, Bah! Sorry to have missed it but already looking at flights from the States. Don't apres too hard and miss the pow in the morning!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 4-01-17 16:15
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Just got back from a week in the Arlberg. Icy pistes and not much snow, but great weather, food and apres so I can't complain. Love it there. Looks like all that is due to change today and this weekend. Already contemplating a return in February or March. To all those Snowheads currently there or about to head -- enjoy!
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Sun 25-12-16 14:14
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What a bummer. Flying over tomorrow. Wish I could push back to late Jan or Feb but all booked. Will enjoy the sunshine and beer instead.
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Sat 24-12-16 17:21
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Sat 24-12-16 17:04
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@stanton, Sorry, total weather rube here -- can you explain the snowmeter above...are those predictions?
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Sat 24-12-16 16:52
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@stanton, Is it snowing yet? My weather app keeps shifting the times. Currently hiding upstairs at the in-laws under the guise of wrapping Christmas presents but am glued to the radar.
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Sat 24-12-16 15:09
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Watching the live cams from here in the U.S. Looks like the weather is moving in, but warm in the valley. Hoping this yields a Christmas miracle dump.
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Fri 23-12-16 15:47
Replies: 933
@stanton, Yes, very good point. I was there once in April 2006 (was teaching in St. Moritz for season) -- it was raining in the valley, so we hit apres-ski early. When he woke up the next morning there was a good bit of snow, but up high there was close to a meter. Had some amazing runs off the front of the Schindler Spitze. That said, it was after a full season and there was a solid base. Not this time. Still, I'd welcome what a fresh dump would do for the pistes and the aesthetics. A snowy Arlberg always looks better than a brown Arlberg!
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 23-12-16 15:14
Replies: 933
Can we all focus our energies on shifting this Stau west so that the Arlberg hits the jackpot? http://wepowder.com/forum/topic/235569 My dad keeps stoking my hopes. He's Austrian and made his staatlicher in St. Christoph back in the 60s. Keeps telling me tales of how freak weather can move in there and dump. If only...
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Fri 23-12-16 15:11
Replies: 2910
WePowder is still talking about a Stau hitting north eastern Austria (40+ cm). Wish that would move west. My mother-in-law is a big windbag so I'll see what she can do. And on another note for those on Instagram this is good for a laugh -- great old photos and funny captions: https://www.instagram.com/theapresski/
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Thu 22-12-16 16:25
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I'm hoping this portends bigger things (cause hope is all I got at the moment!). http://wepowder.com/forum/topic/235494
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Wed 21-12-16 23:31
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@stanton, Haha, indeed it does. We might have to shift our focus from shredding powder to shredding the KK and Mooserwirt.
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Wed 21-12-16 22:03
Replies: 933
@HenleyBranch, Thanks for the encouragement -- and the candor -- much appreciated. Hoping the forecasted snow pans out to be something, but I'd take even a cosmetic dusting at this point so that it feels gemütlich. Glad to hear that you've enjoyed regardless. Hope to do the same!
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Wed 21-12-16 21:43
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Thanks, @HenleyBranch. Sorry to hear about the dire conditions. Taking friends from the States next week and was hoping to show them proper Arlberg skiing.
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Wed 21-12-16 19:58
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Let's not lose faith just yet... via http://meteox.com/forecastloop.aspx?type=1 http://imgur.com/YIUMusk.png
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 21-12-16 16:13
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Now Morris over at WePowder is talking about some snow for the Northern Alps over the weekend. I know we've all been chatting about it and it seems to not be much in the forecast, unless this happens? http://wepowder.com/forum/topic/235439
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Wed 21-12-16 15:22
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@Algonquin, thanks for the intel! Now Morris over at WePowder is talking about some snow for the Northern Alps over the weekend. I know we've all been chatting about it and it seems to not be much in the forecast, unless this happens? http://wepowder.com/forum/topic/235439
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Wed 21-12-16 1:23
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Hoping it's snow for northern Alps, but right now most weather sites I'm checking are forecasting rain in Arlberg. Bah!
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Tue 20-12-16 23:20
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The good news is that you don't need any snow in Austria to enjoy yourself, as evidenced by this champion: https://youtu.be/01RQvuamg8s?t=1m4s
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Tue 20-12-16 22:38
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@Chadspurs40, It's s coming from a very weak weather front that is passing through the northern Alps over the weekend 😉 Is there any chance that front could intensify?
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Tue 20-12-16 18:29
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It could happen... Sadly not likely in the next few days though. My experience is that epic seasons tend to start of with a lot of snow and then it just keeps going. I think 2012/13 was the last epic season. That doesn't make the other seasons 'bad', just not extreme. Thanks! Will keep an eye on weather patterns but am expecting to ski on pistes only. Unfortunately the Weisse Ring is impossible at this time. Anyone know how much skiing can be done in Lech-Zurs at the moment? Staying in St. Anton but was planning to venture over on some of the days.
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Tue 20-12-16 16:48
Replies: 933
@stanton love it. was there in 2012 not long after this and there was still a ton of snow. any chance this could happen next week? ha ha ha
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 20-12-16 15:54
Replies: 933
This is what Weather Underground is forcasting for St. Anton. Not much snow. More like a cosmetic dusting. Then again, these forecasts seem to be changing by the day, which is driving me nuts. Hoping this swells into something more significant or at least doesn't turn to rain. :roll: http://imgur.com/kjK9vIA.png
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Mon 19-12-16 20:30
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@horizon is does indeed! Hey, the Arlberg has come through big before...
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Mon 19-12-16 19:28
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I'm interested in how this pans out for the Arlberg... http://i.imgur.com/oXPgtN6.png
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Mon 19-12-16 18:59
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@horizon but there is some potential snow in the forecast -- don't lose out hope yet. Plus could you give up the apres-ski? :D
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Mon 19-12-16 17:40
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Could someone with more weather experience enlighten me here? I am hearing chatter about *possible* snow in the Northern Alps around Christmas but non of the weather services I use here in the US confirms. From weathertoski.co.uk's latest: "Looking a bit further ahead and, after a mostly fine end to the week in all Alpine regions, the weather looks like breaking down from the west towards the weekend. This could bring some welcome snow to some northern and western parts of the Alps in time for Christmas, but there is still considerable uncertainty at this time – to be confirmed."
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Mon 19-12-16 13:50
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Mon 19-12-16 13:37
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I see flurries in the forecast but not much more for the week of the 26th. Still, that's a week out. Any chance those could intensify? There's talk -- though highly speculative -- of a potential storm sweeping across the Atlantic. I arrive on 12/27 from the US with a group of American friends. Convinced them skiing in the Arlberg is better than anything we've got stateside -- ahhhh!
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Sun 18-12-16 23:27
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@ArlbergMeister, it's possible of course, but too far out too tell at this stage and nothing to suggest that at this point. A step in the right direction perhaps though. @nozawaonsen Yes, a move in the right direction for sure!
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Sun 18-12-16 23:14
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Weather Underground is now forecasting snow in the northern Alps for Saturday -- Monday (12/24-12/26) with more on Wednesday. Nothing dramatic -- few inches here and there -- but I'll take it. Any chance this could swell should the systems coming across the Atlantic develop into something larger?
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Sun 18-12-16 16:57
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Jealous but also very stoked for those of you booked in Western Italy, Southern France and parts of Switzerland -- Zermatt with pow should be great. WePowder said there is potential for the Northern Alps to get hit just after Christmas, but it's speculative at best at the moment. Anyone have any insight on that? I'm not much of a Weather Jedi.
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Sat 17-12-16 21:47
Replies: 2910
@8611 the apres-ski rivals the off piste, that is!
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Sat 17-12-16 21:45
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@8611 Yeah we're locked into St. Anton (plus it is my favorite spot). We're booked at a friend's place so we can't bail out on him now. Yes, superb off piste. I've had some of my best days there (an early April day in 2006 is particularly memorable following a massive storm). Hoping we'll get a few flakes so that it'll at least be white and feel like a proper ski holiday. At least the apres-ski rivals the beer. Hoping we all get a huge, unexpected storm and are waist-deep and wearing ear-to-ear grins next week.
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