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January 12, 2024  |  Mayrhofen, Austria
In the depth of winter, the sun doesn't rise for Mayrhofen until afternoon, and then only lasts for a few hours if at all, depending...

In the depth of winter, the sun doesn't rise for Mayrhofen until afternoon, and then only lasts for a few hours if at all, depending on the location in the valley. With frigid weather the last week, the snow in town is sticking around.

See the two little yellow gondolas near the lower middle of the photo? The apartment we're renting in January is in the building visible directly below the right one.

Since our main purpose for being in Austria for the next three months is to ski and snowboard a lot, I'd better include a ski...

Since our main purpose for being in Austria for the next three months is to ski and snowboard a lot, I'd better include a ski photo! Here's Claudia carving a wide groomer in the Rastkogel area.

Ahornspitze (2973 m / 9754 ft) is one of the dominant peaks above Mayrhofen. If you look closely you can see two paragliders...

Ahornspitze (2973 m / 9754 ft) is one of the dominant peaks above Mayrhofen. If you look closely you can see two paragliders in the sky to the left of the peak.

On Friday we headed back up the Penkenbahn from Mayrhofen and explored some more distant parts of the "local" ski area - the vast south-facing open bowls of the Rastkogel area. Tons of terrain here and heaps of backcountry potential beyond. I can't wait for the next powder day to refill everything! We continued from there to Eggalm, another mountain across the valley, where I sniffed out a remnant fresh pow line followed by some bulletproof icy north-facing slopes back down to the bus stop to get back down to Mayrhofen.