Skiing in the Sky

March 7, 2024  |  Hintertux, Austria
Glorious powder skiing below the giant rock wall of Lärmstange, as the clouds part overhead.

Glorious powder skiing below the giant rock wall of Lärmstange, as the clouds part overhead.

Jürgen in the powder.

Jürgen in the powder.

Stoked!!!

Stoked!!!

More powder for Jürgen.

More powder for Jürgen.

The Hintertux Gletscher Bus gondola high overhead with Lärmstange behind looking a bit like a mini Matterhorn.

The Hintertux Gletscher Bus gondola high overhead with Lärmstange behind looking a bit like a mini Matterhorn.

With fresh snow from yesterday's storm in mind, Claudia, Jürgen, and I headed up to Hintertux this morning. As we rode up the three consecutive gondolas in the midst of thick clouds, I became increasingly concerned about whether we'd be able to see anything at all! With no visibility we weren't quite sure what to do at the top, but decided to just stick with my normal plan. So we skied down to the next lift, rode up still in thick clouds, and then made our way through the mist over to "the line" that I usually start my powder days here with. I shit you not, the moment we approached the start of our descent, the clouds miraculously parted and we skied down in sunlight! The whole scene was so glorious I could barely even concentrate on riding!

Unlike all my previous "sneaky" powder days so far up at Hintertux when I've lapped my favorite zone over and over again mostly by myself, today was an obvious powder day - and the powder hounds were out in force. My formerly private zone got tracked up pretty quick. How dare they! So after four laps we ventured further afield and found more fresh lines until lunchtime.

Interestingly, for much of the day Hintertux was sunny but the surrounding mountains remained cloaked in clouds. Hintertux was in a cloud donut hole!

By the way, if you've been following this blog lately you've probably started to notice that all I blab about is powder this, powder that. But these are days to remember, and I like to write it out while I'm still high on the stoke. Someday in the future I'll probably read through these posts again and hopefully these memories will flow back again!