This is supposed to be something like a second honeymoon. Thus, staying at a classic (hopefully what my bride would call ‘romantic’) mountain hotel in Austria and skiing beautiful mountains fits the bill. To that end ‘professional trip adviser’ Manfred suggested we spend a few nights at the Ammererhof, in the Alps directly south of Salzburg, Austria. The resulting situation did not disappoint (thanks Manfred and Fritz), though the contrast between nearly perfect pow on day 1 and breakable crust on day 2 could have caused matrimonial discord. Day one:
Map below shows location of Ammererhof and Nature Friends hut. Hocharn west of the hotels, change enlargement of map to check it all out. Truly terrific terrain without ski resorts too close, 100% ski touring, so it all has a nice mellow ‘human powered’ vibe.
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.