Post Foehn Fun

March 11, 2024  |  Hintertux, Austria
Wurmaulspitze (3,022 m) smothered in snow.

Wurmaulspitze (3,022 m) smothered in snow.

Looking east from the top of the Hintertux ski area. Off in the left distance is Gro├čvenediger (3,666 m / 12,028 ft), a glaciated...

Looking east from the top of the Hintertux ski area. Off in the left distance is Gro├čvenediger (3,666 m / 12,028 ft), a glaciated giant in the Hohe Tauern.

Yesterday was super windy around the Zillertal as the foehn winds kept blowing out from the southern storm, shutting down many of the ski lifts. After some snow squalls up high in the evening, I thought maybe today could be another sneaky powder day up at Hintertux. The wind tried its best to work its magic, but alas there just wasn't enough new snow to buff everything smooth, so today was a game of finding and connecting the pockets of smooth windboard snow while trying to avoid the windblasted sastrugi. Good fun still, but I wouldn't call it a powder day!