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January 28, 2024
Skinning below Rastkogel.

Skinning below Rastkogel.

A view of the Hintertux ski area from the summit of Grüblspitze above Eggalm.

A view of the Hintertux ski area from the summit of Grüblspitze above Eggalm.

Interesting and remote terrain in Junsbachtal.

Interesting and remote terrain in Junsbachtal.

The Mayrhofen ski area pistes are bulletproof right now, so we ventured out again to our go-to skinning zone out of the far backside of the area to find some softer snow. After a fun cruiser line on smooth, sun-softened windblown powder, I parted ways with Claudia and rode down to Eggalm, where I caught the lift then bootpacked up Grüblspitze for a roughly 1000m (3300 ft) descent down the gentle southeast ridge to the village of Juns. (The top half above treeline was great, but the rest was mostly speed-checking my way down an icy snow covered switchbacking road through the forest).

Although today can't quite compare to yesterday's powder bonanza, it always feels great to go hike up some mountains, strengthen the legs, explore around, and ride wild snow.