The Tirol of Austria (and northern Italy) is a terrific place to ski tour. Tyrolean terrain varies enough so you can almost always find something no matter the weather, the people are friendly, access is good, and the laid back hut and gasthaus scene keeps it mellow. That’s all why the locals like to keep it secret.
But you know what happens with secrets. Check out Axle and Johann’s new book covering Tyrolean backcountry skiing. This beefy tome is loaded with maps and photos (sometimes almost too loaded), comes with a disk containing GPS tracks you can work from a GPS enabled smart phone (take phone calls while you’re marching along the trail checking the GPS route so you know you’ll be to the hut in time for lunch), and more. Even though the book is written in German, by using an overall map to get your bearings, non-German speaking skiers could use it to find the goods with some help from the locals–if they’ll let you in on the secrets.
Every time I head over the pond, seems I end up doing a tour or two with guidebook author Axel Jentzsch-Rabl and his twin brother. They’re originally from Vienna, which is where Sigmund Freud hails from as well. I’ll let you guess what that might mean. But I can say they’re great guys to hang out with and they’re CRAZY about ski touring. To purchase, you can contact the authors directly via their websites:
The author’s main website.
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.