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St Anton or Saalbach this weekend???

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Struggling to make this call... Got flights booked to munich, arrive friday afternoon and ski saturday to tuesday.

Currently looking like there's potential brewing for a fair amount of snow over the weekend, but not much sunshine. Last time we went to the arlberg it was a bit naff, ribbons of artificial ice in t shirt weather xmas 2015. Love the arlberg and woulf be great to go back in prime conditions, but wondering if saalbach might be a better punt due to the potential lack of vis? Anyone know if the tree skiing round there is much cop? Alternatively any other suggestions? Mayrhofen?

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Saalbach was great 2 days ago. Off piste awesome! Snowing again at the moment
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@hollando, both areas are fantastic and conditions are also good for so early in the season.

For me, the choice would come down to where you can get the most suitable accomodation
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@hollando, Some guests of ours returned from Saalbach yesterday and were raving about knee/thigh-deep off-piste powder. Stacks of good tree skiing. Skiing at Mayrhofen starts up the mountain, mostly above the tree-line - one black run down to the village from a beginners' area; at Saalbach you ski down into the village on a choice of three blue runs, two red runs, and one black run, all tree-lined. (Similarly at Hinterglemm)
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Looking at the weather forecast, west will be best this weekend, at least in terms of snow.

Assuming you're interested in offpiste (as you've posted in offpiste) you'll be looking for tree skiing. In the Arlberg Stuben and Sonnenkopf have a fair bit, and Maienwaisen (sp?) in St Anton is also pretty ok on storm days.

I would also suggest Silvretta Montafon, which has some fantastic tree skiing too but a bit more of a schlep from Munich.
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@clarky999, looking at the piste map for the St Anton area all of the tree skiing looks to be "not allowed" - do people just ignore this or is it really not allowed? Also debating a trip to the alberg next week but need some tree options due to forecasted weather. Alberg is easy on the train from Inns.....hence I am tending towards it.
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It is not allowed because of the animals hiding places. Few trees around Arlberg, so wildlife needs it.
Anyway; possible heavy rain up to 2000 m. has come into forecast for Sunday and Monday, coming from the West.
Saalbach or further east probably better choice
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There is potential for rain in Austria in the next few days. It is warming up. So, head high. Go to St Anton.
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Trees and high up.... Puzzled
Rain will be mostly West, dryer east probably
Ignore @Whitegold as always
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@clarky999, looking at the piste map for the St Anton area all of the tree skiing looks to be "not allowed" - do people just ignore this or is it really not allowed? Also debating a trip to the alberg next week but need some tree options due to forecasted weather. Alberg is easy on the train from Inns.....hence I am tending towards it.


Honest answer is: it depends!

My understanding is that it is forbidden in order to protect young trees/saplings from ski edges etc.

There are treelined routes that are regularly skied, but I have no idea whether they are officially allowed or rather just tolerated.

Some ideas here: https://alloffpiste.com/category/general/locations/stanton-locations/

Lots more round Stuben too.

Ischgl has about the highest tree skiing I can think of, but they will get less snow than the Arlberg and I don't know if there's enough of a base in the zone.
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@Langerzug, 84cm of fresh snow forecast for Saalbach http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Saalbach/6day/mid
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the warm weather on Monday is a bit annoying. It will turn the snow to concrete. Hopefully the new snow will be enough to cover the heavy stuff. Always the way....when I want to go there is always "some event" to bug the snow up! In winter (and summer actually)I wished I lived closer to the alps and could just drive and ski for a day.
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Thanks for all the replies guys. In the end we went for the arlberg based on forecast greater snow accumulations and the fact that we know it well so know where to look. It was a tough call and I do really want to get over and check out Fieberbrunn, given all the hype you see about it.

Fair to say conditions today were acceptable...

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Nice!! I went ahead and booked a trip to St Anton. Arrive Mon and ski Tues-Fri. Cross fingers it is good Happy
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this is my 10th season in St Anton and by far the best opening conditions both on and Off Piste. We have had a bit of wind in last couple days and temperatures have warmed - but it really is an incredible start. We've already skied Langen and Verwall - normally not considered this early in the season...
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