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Stubai Glacier

The Stubaier Gletscher, as Deutsch speakers would call it, is one of Austria’s premier glaciers. For someone living in Munich, it’s ideal: just 2 hours 15 minutes away. That’s a few minutes farther than Hintertux, and almost an hour closer than Soelden. Early in the season (which is when I hit up the glaciers), it seems like there’s a LOT more open at Stubai than at the other glaciers. Hintertux has quite a few slopes, but early in the year a huge number are used for closed-off team racecourses (I counted 4 slopes last week, totaling ~40 racecourses). Another plus at Stubai: tons of chairlifts, and not many T-bars.

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A lot of glaciers have mostly gondolas (where you have to take off your skis/board) and T-bars (which are less susceptible to wind). That’s another thing: I feel that Stubai generally has lower wind speeds than Hintertux. That’s super-important when your starting temperature is often –10C to –20C (-20C is –4F!), before wind chill.

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Before you have too long to drool over the fresh tracks in a foot of new POW, here are my new goggles. The old ones lasted me a good 10 years before the foam started to disintegrate. Not a bad view in the background, eh? That’s the Stubaital, or Stubai Valley.

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I ended up at a Pension (B&B) in the center of Neustift im Stubaital. My normal plan worked well – just go to the tourism bureau after a day of boarding and ask for a room. Took under 10 minutes to find one for €30, including breakfast and wifi.

Here’s an interesting twilight view. I love the transition from a few hanging autumn leaves to full on, snow-encrusted evergreens in the clouds just a few hundred feet higher up.

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That’s all for my brief return to on-the-road blogging. Dinner is calling me, perhaps a venison schnitzel or a steak with potatoes! Mmm…

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Posted in Skiing+Snowboarding 6 years, 9 months ago at 6:37 pm.

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  1. Gorgeous!

    I could do with a bit of snow – and summer’s only just begun.

    Enjoy your meal :)
    .-= wendy´s last blog ..Plotting – JK Rowling style =-.

  2. Wendy, I could try to send you some snow, but it might not get there intact. Perhaps you guys should visit a glacier? :-)

    Venison schnitzel with juniper-cream sauce did the trick. Now after returning home from day 2, I am thinking what to eat! I might just buy the entire contents of the store, I’m so hungry.

  3. man that look gorgeous with the mountains and snow, something we do not get alot of here in florida!
    .-= greg urbano´s last blog ..Wandering Weedon Island Preserve =-.

  4. Greg, that is true – Florida is beautiful as well, but I need mountains and snow :-)