Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Austrian Skiing to Scottish Snow

Last week I drove out to Austria, briefly stopping in Wales to move house. Staying outside St Anton I was part of a group of 10 keen for the skiing. A fortunate dump of snow at the start of the week transformed the slopes to powder fun rather than an icy nightmare. Further snow through the week kept fresh tracks possible, especially the last day were 30 minutes of uphill revealed an unblemished valley. Virgin snow as far as the eye could see!

Anyway while I was away it seems that I missed a lot of warm and wet weather in Scotland. The walk-in today was therefore straightforward, avoiding any snow until at the base of Corrie Lochan. I was working for Jagged Globe today with Malcolm. Out of the limited route choices we opted for Twisting Gully. Although certainly lean there was good neve to swing at with every upwards step. The lower crux pitch had helpful neve on the ledges with some fun mixed moves. The cornice appeared to of peeled off yesterday so no danger from above, just good firm snow to the top. Others were on Boomerang , Dorsal and Broad.

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