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Is heading to Kitzsteinhorn to avoid rain a good idea?

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Next Thursday rain is currently forecast with the snow line up to 1900m in the Kitzbühel area. I realise the forecast may well change, but if it doesn’t, would it be worth going up to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier for the day?
Or will it get extremely busy with people with the same idea, especially as next week is the peak holiday week of the year?
We will have the regional lift pass which includes the glacier and it’s about a 90 min drive.
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Where have you found this forecast? Bergfex says snow line of 920 next Thursday and heavy snow. But in any case it's too far ahead to be very accurate at present. The trend next week looks cold overall as it has been this week.

Personally, I'd steer clear of anything above the treeline in bad weather. For better visibility stay among the trees.
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That good advice. Kitzsteinhorn in a whiteout is not ridable/skiable
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It was last nights Bergfex, but you’re right it’s looking better now.
So what would you do if it does rain to the tops?
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@Drammeister, go to the Aquarena, or a bar. Skiing in the rain is ok for an hour tops. Kitzteinhorn is beautiful on a calm sunny day and the skiing is ok, but nothing better than that. Would I spend 3 hours to ski there in bad weather - Not a chance.
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On a Ski touring trip in the Salzburg area but slogged through the rain all day and skiied down in slush-puppy-mush so we decided to ditch the ski touring for the following day and ski Kitzsteinhorn instead. Had one of the best powder days of my life skiing fresh lift served tracks all day. snowHead

Was also there earlier this season but the wind had got to the powder so it wasn't quite that epic. As with many high resorts (e.g. Obergurgl & Obertauern) wind and visibility can be a problem.
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It is an excellent idea.

The only alternative is to stand on the lakeside of Zell am Zee, watching it fill up, sheltering under a brolly and muttering remarks such as "wonderful weather for ducks! ... in a silly English voice.

Yours faithfully, John Cleese
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@Davina Goldballs, Not sure why one would leave a ski resort, drive for 80 minutes to watch rain falling at Zell am Zee
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If there is any wind then avoid the glacier, you are up near 3000m on an exposed glacier, its great when calm and sunny, but if there is cloud, wind and snow its probably unskiable. You'd be better off in the higher bits of Zell above the snow line but sheltered by the trees.
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This is an interesting dilemma.

Get soaked in rain vs see nothing.

I've skied in both types of conditions. Once at the top of Hintertux it was snowing with icy pellets and the wind was so strong that they were flying horizontally. I literally felt that my legs were being flayed through the Goretex and merino underlayer (I was better covered on my upper body, and of course my face was turned away from the wind, as I still needed my skin for other purposes). Still, got a couple of runs in. Gave up after half a day, though.

Rain is just training for Lofoten.

Or: ski a couple of runs, chill out / après wildly for the rest of the day.
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@Drammeister, I'm guessing you are at Leogang or Saalbach?
but maybe not as that would be a 90 min round trip...by

To be honest, stick with what you get...
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Ski just long enough in the rain to earn several beers/whiskies and an extended apres session

OR

Find somewhere high but rocky so there's enough contrast to see where you're going
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Prescription for a rainy day: late night of apres-apres-ski the previous evening, a good lie-in, watch TV, do some apres later. (Looking forward to it!)
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Skiing in the rain is still 15 times better than a day at work.
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I cant believe anyone seriously believes Bergfexs weather predictions Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Check the cams before you leave for visibility and wind readings. Schimittenhohe in Zell Am See is very exposed too and often close that side when the wind kicks up.

It's hard to avoid the rain but if it's a whiteout and looking for tree lined runs if you are in Zell Am See area I personally head over to Leogang. Drive there or get the Sonleitenbahn up and it's just down the other side of it. Generally a bit quieter too
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@Kooky, You might have noticed I did say the forecast might change. Bergfex are as good as any forecaster, it’s based on the ECM op run but then localised. If you see something on there and it’s supported by GFS, there’s a fair chance it might happen.
Most other online forecasters use GFS.
@shredder, We’re in Waidring, there’s plenty of tree lined runs in the area, that’s not an issue. As it turns out, it looks like the rain will be overnight snow now. Smile
The mountain here, the Steinplatte, has virtually all its skiing above 1100m which is high for this region.
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clarky999 wrote:
Ski just long enough in the rain to earn several beers/whiskies and an extended apres session

OR

Find somewhere high but rocky so there's enough contrast to see where you're going


I think option 1 sounds the most appealing.
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