(Several days ago.) After a foggy ski mission to scour the jet lag cobwebs, I figured a day at the European WildSnow HQ (thanks Barthel family) and a short walk would be better for my health than jamming too hard. So I made a short stroll around Bad Häring and snapped a few photos.
More info about Kaiser Mountains.
Bad Haering is located just off the Inn Valley, in the midst of the Austrian Alps. It is a full-on mountain town with its own x-c ski tracks, community ski tow, and world-class skiing and climbing just a short drive away in the Kaiser range and other mountain groups of the Alps (one of the Kaiser range peaks is pictured above.) Still, this is also a valley village, so while Bad Haering lacks the feel of a high mountain hamlet, it has the milder climate and other advantages of living lower down. Kind of the best of both worlds — sort of like WildSnow HQ back in Carbondale, Colorado.
My friend Fritz Barthel calls the town “smelly fish” when he wants to make sure he gets the name across to first-time visitors. But this place is far from bad. Indeed, Bad Haering is a classic village that’s surrounded by modern development but managed to maintain charm and livability despite the European crowds and truck pollution of the Inn valley (one of the main (if not the main) shipping routes in this part of Europe).
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.