I’m back in the USA now, had an epic but ultimately functional journey from Europe, through LAX and then to Aspen.
Thankfully, the day before my 13 hour Airbus ride, I got to hang out with a few Austrian folks and eke pow turns from their somewhat thin snowpack. It felt like we were miners from the eighteen hundreds, wandering over the mountains in search of gold and silver, going on faith that the goods were buried just under the surface — only we were going on faith that a large rock was NOT just under the surface!
Trust me, they do have snow in the western Europe mountains now, though it varies quite a bit by what zone you’re in. Photos below are from the Kitzbuehel Mountains, we did a nice long “double lap” day with two peaks. (I’d done a previous tour with locals Peter and Yoshi, but before a storm dropped a few more centimeters, that one was a bit too rocky for my taste though I appreciated Peter getting us a few pow turns nonetheless. Due to conditions, I did quite a bit of resort uphilling as well, mostly at Kelchsau, in case anyone is interested.)
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.