Just a quick post before getting out ski touring this morning. I’m settled in WildSnow HQ, Europe, courtesy of the Barthel familiy. Snowing outside here in the Austrian Tirol, but they’ve got the typical thin snowpack this region tends to sport in early to midwinter. Always some ski touring to be had, however, so Manfred and I will head over the to the historic village of Alpbach this morning, get some cardio in the hills, then we’ll make the obligatory stop at the Berglerhof Gasthaus for an afternoon coffee.
The Barthels’ giant Pomeranian named Cato enjoyed the treats I brought him from the pet bakery in SLC, so he’s still friendly. And that’s nice, as you want to be good buddies with any giant, furry, sharp-toothed Pomeranian you meet in the mountains around here. Otherwise, they might leave the brandy barrel behind when they come dig you out of an avalanche.
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.