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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 6-03-21 12:22
Replies: 11
@clarky999, nope still going to disagree. I think 99.99% of skiers wouldn't notice if they were on skis, snowboards ot tea trays. I think I'm pretty sensitive to such things, but I don't notice the difference at all. I’ll take your word for it, but I find it really amazing that on that sort of tooth-rattling snow you don’t find the vibrations more jarring/chatter-y on tech bindings than alpine bindings (which all gave some inbuilt compliance).
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Sat 6-03-21 9:42
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@KenX, que? Anyway, for 99.99% of the skiing audience, marketing puff. Have to disagree there (I didn't watch the video though so await being corrected ;-) ). But I think the vast majority of skiers would notice a huge difference riding eg hard re-frozen spring snow in the morning on tech bindings compared to alpine bindings.
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Thu 4-03-21 23:16
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They are talking about maaaaaybe opening gastgartens (open air tables for restaurants/bars) on 27th March, IIRC. That still seems unlikely though. Hotels..? Extremely unlikely.
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Thu 4-03-21 11:53
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All skiing in Tirol closing on 15th March. Haven't heard that... Do you have a link? Edit: nothing on the local news either.
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Wed 3-03-21 12:29
Replies: 208
@jedster, I originally had the old ID wraps from old Dalbello Panterra 130s (with a lot of foam glued to them!) in my Lupos, and they definitely reduced ROM too. I skied two seasons with those liners, then this December tried the stock liners out of curiosity while waiting for the new Tour Wraps to arrive - really did not like them, just less support in all directions, fore, aft, and laterally. The other cool thing about the tour wraps is they basically work like velcro with Intuition's own c and l foam pads, so you can tweak the fit to really precisely fill in volume exactly where you want around the heel and ankle bones for better retention. Probably not the approach a boot fitter would advise haha, but through being able to make adjustments super quickly myself between runs I've now got the best fit I've ever had.
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Wed 3-03-21 11:12
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Thanks. Any idea what they weigh? The stock liners are super light/thin and only weigh about 200g. The Tour pros are much beefier in comparison and that definitely impacts the ROM According to my kitchen scales haha, 230g per foot. Google says 380-520g, which I assume must be per pair. That’s pretty good - not much more than the stick liners. What length tours are you doing in them? And assume beefy Dalbello Lupo 130’s? Mostly around ~1200m vert, plus a few longer ~1500 days now and again. With Lupo 120s, though I've actually been experimenting with the softer Dalbello tongues this season, especially in colder weather (the reason I like the wraps is not so much just the stiffer flex, but the better all-around connection with the way they wrap in 360° around the leg). That's on Shifts and either Down CD104L or CD114L skis, so I'm absolutely not going for any speed records uphill!
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Mon 1-03-21 19:32
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Thanks. Any idea what they weigh? The stock liners are super light/thin and only weigh about 200g. The Tour pros are much beefier in comparison and that definitely impacts the ROM According to my kitchen scales haha, 230g per foot. Google says 380-520g, which I assume must be per pair.
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Mon 1-03-21 18:51
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@BobinCH, what size do you need? I have a brand new size 27 Intuition Tour Wrap (https://www.doni-shop.com/de/wintersport/innenschuhe/intuition-tour-wrap-schwarz-26) that I bought this season to sell (I kept/am using the 26s as they fit better). I am a size 27 so that could work although understood ROM is worse in a wrap liner? Was looking for something that would have a ROM closer to the stock liner which is super comfortable on the 3-4 hr climbs we’ve been doing and will need for Haute Route. The only tongue liner I can compare them to is the Dalbello Lupo liners they replaced, but other than that one day (Dec 2020) I've been skiing wraps only the last 4-5 years so not sure I'd put much weight on my opinion! With the flex zone cut-out thing on the Tour Wrap I didn't notice any real difference going up, just that the wraps were a lot more supportive going down - but the Lupo's probably don't have as much ROM as a more dedicated touring boot, so if your boots have more ROM you might notice more of a difference. On wrap vs Tongue, Intuition say: "Totally personal preference. Wraps have a slightly stiffer, more progressive flex and are a better option for a large calf. Tongues have a bit more tour-ability and softer flex." So maybe not what you're looking for!
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Mon 1-03-21 17:24
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@BobinCH, what size do you need? I have a brand new size 27 Intuition Tour Wrap (https://www.doni-shop.com/de/wintersport/innenschuhe/intuition-tour-wrap-schwarz-26) that I bought this season to sell (I kept/am using the 26s as they fit better).
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Sat 27-02-21 10:42
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St Anton will be restarting limited lift operations this weekend. Frankly, I am surprised. I thought they were done for the season. Maybe some hope for late season skiing for those who are able to make it there. Probably under pressure from locals, who saw that almost all other resorts in AT are still spinning lifts.
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Thu 25-02-21 12:32
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I've been really spooked by the snowpack this season, and have been happy to stay cautious and enjoy powder meadow skipping as much as possible. But as stability improved recently, so my thoughts started to turn towards steeper slopes again. With this in mind last weekend I went to Kühtai with friends Nico and May looking for something a bit more adventurous. Pulling up to the ski area we were surprised to see some barely tracked powder still on the Hochwanner, so decided to skin up from the reservoir (only about ~500m) to see what we could find. Unfortunately it turned out to be a bit crustier than expected, but there were still some fun turns particularly where the sun had warmed the snow. Looking down from the ridge towards the reservoir: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50979072437_d38eeecd84_b.jpg The last section is a short bootpack up to the top: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978963601_e9c3a15833_b.jpg 'Lockdown Mane' could probably use a trim now the hairdressers are open again... https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50979072687_e92f6f7b8b_b.jpg Pinched from Nico's IG story, enjoying the sun-softened snow on the way down: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50979072792_5bd7acfef2_c.jpg View back up from the reservoir: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978260438_0a7c9d2ed2_b.jpg After that little diversion, we headed up to the ski area with a couloir in mind that Nico and I had skied a few years previously: https://live.staticflickr.com/7918/46079035584_d281c6488e_b.jpg From the top of the lifts we climbed a further ~300m up towards the ridge. Really nice snow on the way up (bar where the wind had done it's thing near the top) seemed like a good sign... Nico and May on the last mellower stretch after a bunch of kick turns: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978260888_7681e506d0_b.jpg View in from the top looked pretty damn good too, and no tracks! https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978963826_1226edfb21_b.jpg Alas, having committed and dropped in, the view around the corner into the couloir proper revealed the whole thing had slid and the days prior. Cue ~800 vert of jump turn training on the steep runneled rock hard ice of the bed surface, with a little bit of breakable crust left over at the edges in places when our legs needed a break. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50979072712_64e00103d9_b.jpg You win some you lose some, but a bit of type 2 fun in a rad place with glorious weather is still a pretty good day out in my book! https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978260918_693f661f70_b.jpg As Nico commented at the end, pick your partners carefully when freeriding - when it's good it's all good, but when things don't work out as planned it's the people you are with who make the difference between a stressful experience and a fun adventure. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978260868_1795083b7b_b.jpg As my gf had been out on a super long tour that day, we decided to just go surf some slushy groomers at Kappl on the Sunday. Again glorious weather, empty pistes, and loooooovely slushy snow: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978260393_9683b82ec4_b.jpg Piste skiing in Feb doesn't get any better! Obviously all the huts are closed due to corona, but the roofs make pretty perfect picnic spots and help keep groups separated from each other: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50979073007_c5d7c86158_b.jpg Since then it's only got warmer - the ice cream shops in the city have opened already, in February!! - though it looks like a minor break in the weather and maybe some snow on Saturday, before the sun returns next week.
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Thu 25-02-21 12:00
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It's been a pretty weird month here in Tirol, even without all the corona stuff. Sahara sand and warm slushy groomers in February, to FREEZING cold, and now back to warm slushy groomers again. At least the avalanche situation has chilled out a bit recently, or at least become more predictable with the day time warming cycles. After a glorious slush fest on the 6th, it was so warm on the 7th February that I went out testing new kayaks instead of skiing. Still a fair bit of snow at the get in in Imst then though: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978260328_7575a568e1_b.jpg One week later any my gf and I went to Lampsenspitz for a Valentines Day ski tour. It's a real local classic, and despite being totally uncontrolled terrain often feels like a mini 'touring resort' with lots of people, well trodden trails, and lots of avalanche awareness info boards and automatic transceiver checkpoints installed. Around ~1100 vert metres. Despite being -15°C in the car park the way up was actually pretty comfortable temperature-wise in just a merino base layer, but within 20 seconds of stopping at the top I felt my temperature crash in a way I have NEVER felt before. So no pictures from up there! This is the start point at Praxmar, looking towards Zischgeles - another Sellrain classic and kickturn fest, but a bit steep for the stability at the time: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978963991_ff3f5e331b_b.jpg About halfway up - lots of skier traffic forms smooth trails up, but the big broad slope gives lots off opportunities to sniff out pockets of untracked powder in spite of the crowds: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50978963656_34b736a9c9_b.jpg Back down in the 'Bergsteiger Dorf' Praxmar, which really is pretty gorgeous. Unusual hazards form when it's that cold... https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50979126822_f714aaa44c_b.jpg
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Fri 19-02-21 13:47
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@Bergsteiger278, Tirol Snow Card similarly covers pretty much everything, apart from the Arlberg - IIRC because the Arlberg season pass is more expensive! The Innsbruck Freizzeitticket gives us 3 days skiing in the Arlberg though.
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Thu 18-02-21 13:03
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I see Arlberg have now pulled the plug. Is this a house of cards with all Tirol to topple? Wouldn't surprise me. However a few resorts, like Schlick 2000 and Kühtai, have announced that they will have onsite testing on weekends at least to facilitate continuing operations. If that continues beyond the end of Feb is anyone's guess.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 17-02-21 12:05
Replies: 644
@BobinCH, follow this link then on the upper left hand corner you can search for any town you like (you might need to search for a larger nearby town than really small villages though, like here for Semmering instead of Stuhleck): https://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/show_diagrams.php?model=gfs&lid=ENS&var=201&bw=1&geoid=2386
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Tue 16-02-21 18:39
Replies: 63
^^Yep it's a ridiculous rule. You can use the pistes and lifts for anything at all - tobogganing, meeting friends for lunch, skitouring up - without a test result, apart from skiing down. You can take a public bus to the lifts with your skis without a test just fine, but not the lifts up. Unless you only want to take your skis up for lunch then take the lift, in which case you're fine. Insane! Meanwhile no-one is suggesting that shoppers in Vienna should need a negative test before taking the U-Bahn to the Einkaufszentrum :roll: The 48 hour rule is particularly annoying - if my gf gets a test result before the pharmacies closed on Friday, it will run out before the lifts close on Sunday. On the other side, for those of like me who have had corona and are exempt from needing a <48 hour test, the resorts will be amazing on powder days. On the other other side, Sölden and St Anton have already closed following the new rules, and I suspect more will follow. On this point: Yesterday Patscherkofel said that they, the lift co., would not be checking. Today, St Anton said one of the reasons they are closing is that legally the lift co. would be responsible for the checking. I have no idea which is correct!
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Tue 16-02-21 8:46
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@DB, that link is describing an out of adjustment AFD when in skiing mode whereas meltus & clarky are getting a clicking when in skinning mode when the boot is not in contact with the AFD. Two different scenarios. meltus & clarky, where you in skinning in flat mode or did you have the climbing bar up? Both. Hard to remember exactly now, but I would say the sound was somewhere almost between squeaking and clicking, and only from one binding. But again, that's the first and only time I've experienced that, with more than 50 tours on that particular pair of bindings, and temperatures were somewhere south of -20°C. It only started after having already climbed ~500 vert metres, and I'm absolutely NOT certain that it wasn't due to ice or snow getting stuck somewhere (under the toe of the boot maybe?)... But it felt a bit like there was a little bit of resistance somewhere while completing the step/rotating the heel down around the pins. OTOH it was so bloody-fu-freezing that I only noticed after 1100m that one of my boots was still in ski mode, so I'm not sure I actually trust that I actually felt what I think I felt! Will see if it occurs again in normal temperatures before I worry about it.
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Mon 15-02-21 16:36
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@Meltus, I had a similar thing for the first time yesterday. I assumed it was due to the extreme cold and/or ice somewhere. Will let you know if it repeats next time out too!
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Wed 10-02-21 16:38
Replies: 40
FWIW I haven't had any issues or experienced any unfriendliness at all. And I can completely understand locals being pissed that they are being criticised internationally and being placed under harsher restrictions than the rest of Austria, just for using the local infrastructure in their local mountains (which by the way has not been the cause of any transmissions at all so far), when it is the citizens of the same countries whose media and politicians are doing the complaining and fomenting the harsher restrictions, who are the ones breaking the rules and causing the clusters and bringing in the mutations. In short, Tyroleans feel they are the ones being blamed for stopping life from getting back to normal quicker, and are also angry that their own lives are getting back to normal slower than they should/could have because other nationalities continue to break the rules. And on top of that, they are being affected more economically than the rest of Austria and most of Europe, and worry that headlines caused by other nationalities will continue to affect them more economically in the future too.
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Tue 9-02-21 22:23
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I don’t think it will last..my local friends here give it between 2 & 3 weeks before lockdown is reintroduced (particularly with the looming threat of SA variant over in Tirol).. +1, once the Feb holidays are over it seems likely things will start shutting up again
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Tue 9-02-21 22:22
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@Bergsteiger278, Get the night train here & back. ;-) Crossing Tirol twice could get interesting though ;-)
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Tue 9-02-21 10:36
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I think Austria is sadly out for you guys this season now too... (unless you have managed to acquire an Irish or other EU passport) New rules from tomorrow (10th Feb) as per the British Embassy: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria/entry-requirements Entry to Austria Passenger flights from the UK are not currently allowed to land in Austria. From 10 February 2021, entry to Austria from the United Kingdom will be prohibited by Austrian law. The following people are excluded from the entry ban, if you can present a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than 72 hours. You must also fill out the Pre-Travel Clearance form. If you are unable to produce a negative test upon entry, you must take a test in Austria within 24 hours. 10-day quarantine is still mandatory, but you can take a self-funded PCR or antigen test after 5 days (the day you arrive in Austria counts as day 0). If the result is negative, you will no longer need to stay in quarantine. Residents of Austria Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and people who live with them in the same household people with residence or habitual abode in EU/EEA countries or Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland and people who live with them in the same household holders of a visa D issued by Austria people who are entitled to stay in Austria, on the basis of a residence permit or residence title members of the staff of diplomatic missions or consular posts and people who live with them in the same household employees of international organizations (e.g. the UN) and people who live with them in the same household people who are employed by a domestic regional authority or a domestic public corporation and whose place of employment is abroad or whose service is carried out abroad, provided that the activity of this corporation abroad is in the interest of the Republic of Austria people who enter Austria to begin or continue studying or doing research people who enter to attend school Business travellers are exempted from the entry ban and the quarantine regulations, but not from the obligation to present a medical certificate and Pre-Travel Clearance form. More information is available from the Austrian Embassy in London.
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Tue 9-02-21 10:34
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New rules from tomorrow (10th Feb) as per the British Embassy: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria/entry-requirements Entry to Austria Passenger flights from the UK are not currently allowed to land in Austria. From 10 February 2021, entry to Austria from the United Kingdom will be prohibited by Austrian law. The following people are excluded from the entry ban, if you can present a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than 72 hours. You must also fill out the Pre-Travel Clearance form. If you are unable to produce a negative test upon entry, you must take a test in Austria within 24 hours. 10-day quarantine is still mandatory, but you can take a self-funded PCR or antigen test after 5 days (the day you arrive in Austria counts as day 0). If the result is negative, you will no longer need to stay in quarantine. Residents of Austria Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and people who live with them in the same household people with residence or habitual abode in EU/EEA countries or Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland and people who live with them in the same household holders of a visa D issued by Austria people who are entitled to stay in Austria, on the basis of a residence permit or residence title members of the staff of diplomatic missions or consular posts and people who live with them in the same household employees of international organizations (e.g. the UN) and people who live with them in the same household people who are employed by a domestic regional authority or a domestic public corporation and whose place of employment is abroad or whose service is carried out abroad, provided that the activity of this corporation abroad is in the interest of the Republic of Austria people who enter Austria to begin or continue studying or doing research people who enter to attend school Business travellers are exempted from the entry ban and the quarantine regulations, but not from the obligation to present a medical certificate and Pre-Travel Clearance form. More information is available from the Austrian Embassy in London.
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Mon 8-02-21 18:31
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@robboj, Obergurgl still haven't opened their lifts this season, and this point I highly doubt they will!
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Mon 8-02-21 13:15
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@Scarlet, FWIW there's a few Apothekes where you can get tested for free apparently too: Museumstrasse and Boznerplatz in Innsbruck, plus 3 in Hall. And apparently a few Hausartze too. That's secondhand info though.
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Mon 8-02-21 13:07
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@munich_irish, it feels like the German (and Niedösterreichische) media are still trying to sell the idea that open ski lifts are causing worsening corona situations, even though that isn't born out by the facts. Re. the Bavarian government, I think you're right that they will continue to try to discourage all travel, however they don't seem to be very effective at it so no idea how much difference it will make! New news however is that apparently we now need an antigen test every time we want to go skiing... Presumably this because of the international complaints rather than the reality that skiing hasn't caused any problems or clusters (the only clusters related to skiing were due to international travellers in their accommodation, no transmissions while on lifts/slopes). However anyone who has had corona can get an Ausweis exempting them from needing tests (not just for skiing; also for hairdressers etc) good for 6 months from infection. That should cover me 'til Easter hopefully, but I guess the test stations are going to be chaos every weekend morning from now on! Edit: and now the Austrian government has issued a travel warning against Tirol :roll: https://liveblog.tt.com/414/coronavirus/94240/bund-will-innerosterreichische-reisebeschrankungen-fur-tirol-erlassen
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Sat 6-02-21 16:58
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What do people think the chances are of foreigners being let in by end of Feb? I'm thinking disappearingly low. Just wondering whether to cancel my reservation early - I have free cancellation up until the day before but don't want to keep the slot busy when someone could get a last minute deal Being allowed in I'd also say essentially no chance. Maaaaaybe Easter... But there clearly are already tourists about right now.
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Thu 4-02-21 11:00
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Salomon have been making good skis the past few years, and i liked the QST line a lot more than I expected too. I'm sure the new line are equally good, solid, functional skis... But they're really going hard on the hype train for something that doesn't really seem to bring anything new, innovative or particularly exciting to the table. Not that anyone else seems to be doing much either. 2005 to 2015 or so saw a lot of innovation and new exciting designs and ideas, even if not all of them really panned out. We seem to be hitting a bit of a design plateaux in skis again now though, with most of the 'innovation' in branding rather than design - and Black Crows seem to be winning that game with their classic, almost retro 'golden age of skiing/skimo' vibes. Or maybe that's just Bruno. A lot more cool stuff going on in the binding world than skis though, I think. I definitely also see a trend to narrowing waist widths to <120mm even for powder skis these days. But I think the bigger driver to that is just how much more quickly things get skied out now compared to 10 years ago, rather than inherent flaws/inefficiencies in superfat skis - 120mm+ skis (especially revers/reverse) DO still offer sensations you just can't match on narrower sticks, and will always have a place especially for eg high avalanche days when you need to stick to deep but low angle in the trees, but if you ski somewhere where everything is tracked out by noon (or needs a lot of traversing and billygoating to get to the untracked) even on pow days the trade-off makes less and less sense unless you can swap the superfats out at lunch. Re. what the real pros use, definitely the real big mountain skiers are mostly around the 110-115m these days. But the more 'BC freestyle' guys are still skiing fatter skis - that's more a style thing, straight up charger or jibby surfer. And it wouldn't surprise me if Cham has more of the former compared to around here in AT.
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Thu 4-02-21 10:09
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Surprised nobody has mentioned Mr Pisteur's rather risky photo-op. If I came around to that, I'd go nowhere near it, just turn around and walk back to the lift. I'm always surprised by those photographs but they always seem to be avalanche professionals in them, or at least you'll see similar photos in avalanche literature, so presumably they know what they're at It's part of the job - they're there to do snowpack analysis and investigate on which layers (and when/how those layers were formed) the snowpack failed.
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Thu 4-02-21 10:04
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^^Quarantine of whole Tirol is still unlikely I think, but there does seem to be some talk of potentially not allowing the same openings of shops/etc as planned. Or maybe it's just so people are mentally prepared when everything gets closed again two weeks after the openings ;-)
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Tue 2-02-21 14:21
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The point of a headline is not to summarise the article or tell the news at a glance, it is to make someone read the article, and that's it. That so many people these days don't understand this and take their news from headlines rather than reading full articles is to a symptom of what drives the clickbait headlines - the shorter the attention span the quicker that writer/editor/social media manager must pique your interest ;-)
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Tue 2-02-21 9:12
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In other words while the British who entered legitimately before 31 Dec would be in theory permitted to stay for 90/180 days (until end of March) the might be pushed to leave on the basis they (absent jobs) lacked the relevant health insurance/means to live without being a burden on the Austrian state.. No, under the WA, they are permitted to remain and are not tourists, subject to obtaining the Art 50 EUV (which they have to do by the end of the year). I think even under the old rules they had to either demonstrate having sufficient resources and/or a job to remain in Austria longer than 3 months, no? Even under the EU freedom of movement rules it was never the case that people could just go somewhere to live off the state, just that they had up to 3 months to try to get settled. (Edit: apart from the UK, which chose not to use those controls) However I think there's a lot of confusion around the issue in St Anton. I don't think anyone's complaining about the seasonaires who legitimately arrived in Dec - apart from those people themselves, maybe worrying about being caught up in it - the issue is rather the people openly asking in various FB groups *since January* how they can get into Austria/St Anton to ski, in full knowledge that there are no jobs, and being openly advised by some locals how they can get around the rules to come in as job seekers having rented long term (ie not tourist) accommodation. And FWIW, that was mostly other nationalities, not so much Brits. Not just St Anton though. There were very clearly tourists skiing here this weekend, based on number plates, languages, skiing skills, and skiing equipment. And camper vans :lol:
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Mon 1-02-21 11:56
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Another HUGE avalanche on Kellerjoch this morning. Search still underway for a presumed person buried: https://www.tt.com/artikel/30776930/lawinenabgang-in-den-tuxer-alpen-suche-nach-verschuettetem?fbclid=IwAR1ADSgq2bBMr0SajuPLDnqfy9SRRCcPjGUVgh-deaPLtm-z_FsZgWML4fc Not my photo:
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Mon 1-02-21 8:42
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@DB, yep, not far from Kühtai (and apparently it's quite mellow terrain), so 3 deaths in that area in one day + at least 3 other avalanches involving people too. Plus the death at Axamer Lizum and a number of other incidents. A sad Saturday for Tirol.
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Sat 30-01-21 21:17
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Around the same time, we were suddenly being watched by the police helicopter as we descended the area behind the Dreiseenhütte. It was very close and we were concerned that they were controlling the freeride, which apparently happened last weekend at Schlick 2000 (police helis with megaphones screaming at free riders, pretty scary apperently) Some of the forest off the back of Schlick to the valley is (was at least, sounds like it still may be) off limits and treated as an avalanche defence for the area below. I've been told, but don't know the truth(!) that the police have even had cameras set up there to catch and fine people dropping in.
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Sat 30-01-21 20:38
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@Scarlet, good to hear you're getting some powder! But please do be careful! Yes, at least 4 avalanches in Kühtai today, with one death. The death was on the Vorderer Griesskogel - apparently a teenager. Not wearing a transceiver, and was found by a dog buried at 50cm depth. Apparently the debris was so close to the gondola, that the signals from the transceivers of people inside the gondola affected the search, which is something to bear in mind in future. From the LWD Blog: https://lawinen.report/blog/lawinenwarndienst.blogspot.com/8273014934383020908 https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eDwsrf4pmvY/YBWTA_G6srI/AAAAAAAAaX4/UGFHQcWogy4cS5p9bDbUqAiDWBSnA3l2wCLcBGAsYHQ/s1588/2021-01-30%2BVorderer%2BGrieskogel_Santer.png Sounds like at least one of the 3seenbahn slides you mention was hard skiers left, left of the 3seenhütte, direction towards the dam wall - a few zones there slide reasonably regularly and can go pretty big... There was also an avalanche death in the Kalkkögel at Axamer Lizum today. The report said Marchreisenspitz... I'm not sure yet if they mean the real classic route or one of the steeper variant couloirs. Edit, now they say Widdersberg, so I think it was in the area close to the Dohlennest hut and the small water reservoir for piste cannons. Person was touring solo and was buried 2m deep. Two other skiers saw it, located him quickly, but it's not clear how long it took to dig him out. However it seems it took around 40 minutes for a rescue team to get there and, sadly unsuccessfully, attempt resuscitation. There were also a whole bunch of other slides involving people all across Tirol. Here are some thoughts from Arianna Tricomi, shortly after she helped in the recovery of another dead teenager in Zillertal recently, that are worth listening too: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKbwFtEngx2 The current tsituation is very reminiscent of 2017, with widespread persistent deep layers in the snowpack. And despite the lack of tourists about, there is still a lot of powder stress and aggressive terrain choices being made. Tread carefully!! FWIW I spent the morning lapping delightfully slushy pistes at Seefeld in the spring temperatures this morning, until it got cold and it started snowing again. Looks like the first half of next week will also be mild with a lot more snow/rain to come.
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Sat 30-01-21 9:23
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@Neil Neige, Yes you can, or at least I have on two occasions this month (last time being Thursday). However it has rained (then snowed again) since... Before that though it was possible through the trees all the way down, not just on the paths. I wouldn’t say it doesn’t happen much, it’s still the norm that it’s possible (at least in Jan snd Feb), just the slope is officially not open due to landowner disputes. And due to that no grooming/maintenance on the tracks, so some stone dodging is often involved. @8611, @Mike Pow, @snowheid, thanks!
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Thu 28-01-21 22:00
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The end dates and restrictions have changed several times; it would be a brave business owner that would start buying in stock and hiring staff in anticipation of a scheduled end date. The date could well change again leaving the business with expenses it cannot recoup. This would be particularly true of the larger hotels and bigger hospitality businesses. Given the current restart date for hospitality in Austria is the start of March, there cannot be much time left before a restart is no longer financially or logistically feasible. This is a long-winded way of saying that I think season 2020/21 is shot for tourists. Some resorts will continue to limp along, likely on reduced service, where they have local catchment area providing enough day-trippers. I was surprised the other day to hear - from reliable sources - that many hotels in resorts around Innsbruck would still open if it were permitted at the start of March (I had assumed that would already be too late for them), but that mid-March would definitely be a no go. Are hotels/businesses getting govt support? Will there be anything left for us when we finally can travel? Yes, as I understand it there's a pretty high level of financial support. However the seasonal staff, many of whom come from eastern Europe and might not even be in Austria right now, may well be in a much more difficult position. And I don't many seasonnaire kids by that, but people in it for the long haul as a career.
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Thu 28-01-21 21:42
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There's been a fair bit more snow again this week, especially in the usual spots. Yesterday (Wed) would really have been the day, but alas I was stuck in meetings. I did manage to sneak out for a few solo lunchbreak laps at Nordkette today though. That'S one of the really amazing things about Innsbruck - I don't think there's any other city in the world with convenient enough lifts from downtown to mountain to realistically get up, ski pow and get back down to the computer again inside two hours. Predictably the lifts at Nordkette were pretty quiet: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50884969698_30d6d92d1a_b.jpg Pretty poor visibility, so I stuck to the area around the chairlift where foliage provides enough contrast to see. Plenty of coverage between the bushes now: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50885794777_5d51cd82a0_b.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50885690061_4385329e28_b.jpg That FFFP2 mask at least helps keep the face warm! https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50884969618_fbb182c2f9_b.jpg Despite the good snow the temperature warmed up drastically during the day today, so I think I realistically got the last of the good snow. By the time I skied down around 1:30 it was already raining up to ~1400m or so, and getting warmer. Lots more precipitation to come through the weekend, and the freezing level is up and down a lot... The next few days are gonna be a game of timing!
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Thu 28-01-21 20:04
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Shortly after that massive dump, the föhn raged through and temperatures shot up - melting much of the snow in the city very quickly. So last Saturday we just skied piste laps at Seefeld. Still surprisingly good snow on piste, and very few people about. Towards the end of the day another storm started blowing in, but it was still pretty warm: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50885718222_5efee4d37c_b.jpg That night there was a fair bit of snow/rain, but still warm, so Stubaier Glacier seemed like the best chance of finding good snow. I've never ever seen the road up as quiet as it was, even in summer or Autumn. I think one other car and two ski busses, that was it. The slopes were incredibly quiet too, though I'd probably put that down to the cold - it was about -20°C - not just the corona situation. The glacier generally is only running a few of their lifts though. In terms of snow, there was around 20cm of fresh, but pretty densely packed due to the wind. Speaking of the wind, it was howling! We skied a few fun little lines under the Rotadl chair, plus a few piste-side laps through pretty nice soft windblown chop. Then as our feet were freezing every run up the lift, we skinned up to a side col and down a variant of the Wild Grube run to the valley. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50884920403_19feb0b357_b.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50884920488_0463bb3630_b.jpg All in all some pretty ok snow, but with the crazy wind and swiftly deteriorating light/visibility we called it a day fairly early.
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