This time the weather at Hintertux was as bad as the forecast. Wet snow below 2000m, soggy snow up to 2600m, and plenty of wind to keep the gondola and T-bars up to the glacier closed. We did 3 three runs, saw no improvement, and skied down to the base to catch the bus to Eggalm. From there we could tour around.
Actually, we couldn’t, as the linking Rastkogelbahn was closed due to high wind. Luckily, Eggalm seemed to be in the eye of the storm, an oasis of calm and clarity while all around raged. It wasn’t a perfect day, firm up top and slushy down low, but we’ve had many worse. A bit like skiing Thredbo.
So, what to do? A fast lift with over 600m vertical, long red runs with a good pitch, decent spring skiing conditions and few people. Sounds like an equation for some fast skiing. 12 minute laps in fact. A dozen or so lift rides later, punctuated by an agreeably tasty pea and ham soup for lunch, at 2.30pm we skied down to Vorderlanersbach quite exhausted.
(The restaurant and food at Eggalm were actually a delight. But this sign did bring some amusement!)
A day that gives perfect proof that fun can be had on skis in all sorts of crazy conditions. But perhaps only die-hards would understand?
Day 39 – 10,600m
39 days, 20 powder days, 299,900m vertical