Warm and Windy

January 24, 2024  |  Mayrhofen, Austria
A cloud over Reichenspitze (3303 m).

A cloud over Reichenspitze (3303 m).

Sun and funky wind clouds over Tristner (2767 m).

Sun and funky wind clouds over Tristner (2767 m).

Today was warm and windy up on the Mayrhofen ski area. With temps rising to 10ºC (50ºF), the snow on the groomers softened nicely offering carvable spring-like conditions, a welcome change from the icy pistes lately. (Though once they freeze again they'll probably be bulletproof!)

Mayrhofen has some great webcams, and when I'm at home in the evening or in the morning I often watch to see what the clouds and light are doing up in the mountains. Yesterday's sunset and this morning's sunrise both looked awesome, and it's a bit painful for me to not be up high to photograph them! But I just haven't figured out a way get up there during that light, since the cable cars open a little too late in the morning for sunrise and close a little too early in the evening for sunset. As far as I can tell it doesn't seem feasible to hang out for sunset and ride down in the dark - it's just not that straightforward here. Maybe I'll figure something out eventually, but for now it's mostly daytime photos for me.

Nevertheless, I always ride with my camera and telephoto lens, and it's still fun to zoom in on distant peaks when the light, shadows, and/or clouds are interesting. And there's no shortage of rugged photogenic peaks in Tyrol!