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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…

Posted 10 years, 3 months ago at 6:37 pm.

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Can there be TOO much snow?

Ask anyone in the Eastern US, and they will say YES. But that’s only because I’ve moved away; I would never vote for “too much.” How can a skier/snowboarder have too much snow? Here’s a house I lived in near Lake Tahoe for a couple months when I worked at Northstar-at-Tahoe:

Lake Tahoe House

The garage opening is about 8 feet, so you can see the (hard-packed) snow is at least that high. The altitude (around 6,500’, over 2000m) and the weather meant over a foot of snow a week (30cm) while I lived there.

A short story about one of the women living in the house: she had a bit of a problem with cars. This all occurred in a period of 6-8 weeks.

#1 First, she totaled her nice Mazda MX-3 by backing quickly out of the driveway without putting a warning “STOP” sign in the road. You couldn’t go slowly because the car would slide on the icy driveway. She slid into a Volvo, if I remember. Good night, sweet MX-3.

#2 Next, there was a… Ford Taurus?… an old clunker donated by a family member. That lasted about 2 weeks before she drove it into a curb and completely messed up the suspension.

#3 Finally, there was her boyfriend’s brand-new, shiny red Jeep Cherokee. One day when my buddy and I were at work, she parked the borrowed Jeep in MY parking space: outside, just to the left of the garage (hidden by the 14 foot mound of snow by the curb). It would’ve been too much trouble to fit that big Jeep into her garage space. That was lucky for me: you see, the hard-packed, frozen snow (piled up by front-end-loader for the whole winter) gave way that day. There was a little avalanche of ice boulders that crushed the Jeep’s hood and smashed the windshield. I’m glad the Jeep was there instead of my little Integra GS-R!

Okay, I’m reconsidering. Perhaps it’s possible to have too much snow. But then you just have to transport that white gold up to the ski hill where it belongs! If the snowless Vancouver Olympics had taken place that year, I could certainly have upped the ante Stephen Colbert-style and mailed a lot of snow to warm, sunny Canada. Heh…

What was your most snowy experience? Share with a comment…

Posted 10 years, 11 months ago at 12:53 pm.

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