2022, week 8-9
This week it was Mathew who led the top team. Absolutely no complaint about it! Lots of only slightly tracked snow, good for the muscles. The week for me ended with us setting skins on the skis and going up to Maroi Kopf. Then a few runs downhill, to continue with skins ca. 2 hours higher up. Really cold in the shade at the top. In return, we got super snow in two unforgettable runs down, the first was really long with fantastic easily to ski snow. But we could then learn that boys are better at tying blankets than girls, it spawned some comments :-)
And here is the movie:
2022, week 7-8
Skied with Fridie in week 7, but was too busy skiing to get the camera fished out. Really good conditions.
In week 8, it was George who led the top team. Skilled guy, and great snow. One day we skied Kapal Mattun with snow to chest height a single place, Schöngraben and 3 times Hinter Rendl with entrance from Schimmeleck since Riffel II did not run. Fantastic day, I have not skied so much loose snow in one day before.
And here is the movie:
2022, week 5-6
Since the infection rates for Corona in Denmark and Norway were 4 to 6 times as high per capita as in Austria, we had to flee to St Anton. It became a little more dramatic than usual when our hausfrau became ill, so only on the day before departure did everything fall into place.
The first part of the week it snowed well, so even though we could not see much we drove quite a lot. The Norwegian team was not much for sunshine, so they went home after 5 days so as not to risk anything. However, not Eva, she had trained 86 !!! days up to the trip, it could be seen.
After the heavy snowfall, the avalanche danger was so great that all lifts in St Anton were closed the next morning. And despite a relatively small amount of tourists in St Anton, the lift queues were as large as never seen before. Eva got the very good idea to take the bus to Lech, but already at Flexenbahn we jumped off, and skied back towards Raus, and here we could ski in fine snow all day in the Stuben area, without being bothered by the St Anton herd, the lifts out of St Anton remained closed all day. It was completely surreal to ski with so few other people in the area.
When Eva also had left, I skied some amazing rides on Fiedich's team: Kapal Matun, Schimmeleck, Schöngraben, and we ended up with Rendl Scharte, which took well over an hour to walk up to as Rifle II did not run. So much loose snow in so few days is rare even in St Anton. Not so high, but super nice to ski in.
And here is the movie:
2020, week 10
The Old Guard skied with Jochen this week. Snow was falling! so we finally had good conditions. And this time the snow was not followed by rain the day after, which was otherwise normal in February this year. We drove Hinter Rendl, Mainvasen, Wannele, Schimmeleck, upper Schöngraben and Rost Fall etc.
Here is the movie:
2020, week 6-9
So for the next 3 weeks I drove mostly alone, but stayed home on the days when the weather was bad.
It then gave an experience of the big ones: After 2 days of snow, the Schindlergrat bahn was opened, and who sat in the 2nd gondola? ME (and 9 crazy Norwegians). In the first gondola sat a piste guard. When we reached the top station, the Norwegians sped down into Schindlerkar so I could quietly ski down into Mattun. Only one track from the piste guard who checked the route markings. Deep snow to the thigh on all of Mattun hang. That was a day!
2020, week 4 and 5
Bad weather is the most descriptive of these weeks. But then again we had 3 nice days afterall. Apart from that, no snow ofpiste, rain or snowing all day. But this does not stop viking descendants from skiing Hinter Rendl, Schöngraben or Mainwasen. Schöngraben, however, became somewhat challenging at the bottom, but none of us fell into the river.
Here you have the movie:
What a wonderful development in the amount of snow in St Anton. For the second year in a row, February was a great month. Especially weeks 5 and 6 were almost scary when you disappeared under the snow surface. Unforgettable races down the Schöngraben and at Rendl just between the lifts. Unfortunately, no movie clips from the best days, you have to run fast in order not to be overtaken by other snow destroyers.
Even Alois was lured out of the pensioner's life for 3-4 days, otherwise it was Fossie and Florian2 who took care of us.
Here you have the movie (improved version 3):
Project Movie Enhancement
As I found out when making the 2018 February movie, my movies can be enhanced quite a bit by using the original footage which is recorded with 50 frames per second. As to now, I have reduced the movies to 25 frames per second in order to decrease the time it takes to edit a movie, and the size of the finished movie. But I have now found a method to preserve the 50 frames per second which gives quite a quality improvement. At the same time, most people nowadays have faster internet access and computers with large harddisks, so download times are not as problematic anymore, and it all keeps improving.
Consequently I have started up on improving also the older movies. I will here list the movies as they have been improved. Unfortunately I don't have the original footage for all movies, so some will only have the deshaking improved.
Here you can see an example of how badly shaken the footage can be when I am short of breath and it is fucking cold (together with the deshaked version):
2018, uge 13
The weather forecast for gliding in Denmark in the Easter did not look promising. On the other hand, conditions in St. Anton looked very good with new snow and sun.
The choise was easy, off to St. Anton.
I skied with Jochen, and the first day we were the first to enter Mattun in newsnow. What a start.
Then on to Vallugahang, and later we climbed up at the entrance to Maroi valey, skiing down to the lüftungsschaft. A wonderful day.
The second day started with Valluga North, but then I left the team to have lunch with Eva, Martina, Jens and Simone.
Third day we skinned up to Rendl Scharte, skied down a bit and did a second climb to enter an interesting skiing down in 50 cm "firn". Of course my binding released, so I had to practice my "do not fall into the river" skills.
The fourth and last day we mostly trained how to survive skiing in wet snow off piste. I had 3 falls in about 5 min!
Here you have the movie:
At last lots of snow this year. Unfortunately it rained right after most of the big snowfalls, leaving the snow heavy, hard and/or icy most places in the first week. Nevertheless we were first down Kalteneck this season, with really good snow, especially at the top.
Eva broke her leg after only 4 days on ski :-( On a piste of course! Please cheer her up every now and then during the next year. She of course skied down to the nearest cabin lift on one leg. Tough girl!
The second week was really good. But Alois got ill, so we skied with Mathias, which means a little more walking upward.
The third week started extraordinarily well including a walk up to Rendl Spitze, where we layed the first tracks. One of the best days in the last 10 years.
The fourth week had me catching the flew, so an unplanned early exit this year.
The original movie was discarded by the quality control, it was a shaking experience. Therefore I have remixed the movie, removing most of the shaking :-)
You can now also get it in higher resolution:
2017, week 8
To be honest, this week was a flop. Only one good day, so the camera stayed in the backpack most of the time. Global Warming was changed into Climate Change, now it should maybe be changed into Local Warming. Thursday we had 15 degrees C in the city, plus 15 that is.!!! I was scolded by an american guy when I braked when skiing down to Maria's place. The braking set off the Niagara Waterfall over the poor man.
Skied with Alois. And being a hunter, he leads us to the wild life, rigth to the ski tips :-)
At the end of the week we got some snow, so Helmuth and I had a nice Saturday, and Sunday with Alois was allright too.
Here you have the movie:
2017, week 7
Alois got a cold, so we skied with Florian most of the week. We walked up to Rendl Spitze, Maroi Kopf og Knödel. The snow was OK, but had many hard tracks.
Well, I have always thought that old world champions is sort of brusque. But this week we skied with a 2 times deep snow world champion, Susanne, and she is a completely more sociable girl. Could only Alois win one more world championship ;-)
The week also featured a couple of days where we were only 2 amateurs, the 4 others were all ski instructors!
If you want to see how Per earned 1 Euro from his skiing, you must see the video.
The week ended nicely with snowfall Friday, so Olav, Martin and I had a nice Saturday with up to 30 cm new snow on the North sides.
Here is the movie:
2017, week 5 and 6
Unfortunately the good days were sparse in these weeks, so a lot of on piste technical training was on the menu. But we fabricated a few great carpets anyway!
Skied with Alois both weeks.
Here is the movie:
2016, week 15
I arrived Sunday morning, thinking what an idiot I was, driving all the way from Denmark to such bad snow conditions! Anyway, I joined Klaus' group along with Ian, Sonja and Maria and a few more. We started the day with technical training on piste, and really thought the whole week would be like that, the snow was awfull outside the pistes. BUT then we skied Valluga-Zurs, and nobody had guessed how good that was. Totally untracked snow from the last snowfall, well only 5 cm, but much better than the rest of Anton. And the snow was good all the way from Valluga to Zurs. What a nice surprise. There is no video from this day, no need to bring the camera I had thought in the morning.
At afterski, I met Uli and Jürgen, they skied with Toni Zangerle, and asked if I would like to join. What a question! So the day after, we also skied Valluga-Zurs, but the snow had deteriorated a lot :-( only the top part had a few cm snow to cut tracks in. But as a compensation, we had really good firn in Lech, places I have never been before.
The next day was with a helicopter starting from Lech at 9 o'clock, and the rest of the day we spent in unspoiled firn. A really nice day, see the video.
Here is the movie:
2016, week 13
The week started with a magnificent run from Valluge to Zurs via the antenna mountain. Of course Ines was not satisfied with the view, but HAD to climb the antenna. Skied with Benni, who told us that the top team of course also should be able to run on one ski. Oh it hurt.
Here you have a You Tube video (90 MB) from the trip:
Here is the full resolution movie:
StAnton2016w13.mp4 (120 MB)
2016, week 12
Honnestly a fairly bad week. We had some highlights, though: Skinning up with Jochen one hour from Rendl followed by perfect spring snow all way down. With Alois we had the best snow of the week below the avalanche barriers at Hinter Rendl, and fine snow at the upper part of Schöngraben.
PS: The above was written yesterday. Today, 26/3, turned out to be one of this season's best, see the end of the movie, where we were rewarded 40 cm powder together with Jochen.
Here a movie from the week:
2016, week 6
Finally the snow came :-)
Here you have a movie from the week:
2016, week 5
This was a week with strange weather including a lot of rain. I have never seen fine white hills filled with groves from all the streams. Among other things, we skied down Jungbrunntobel, it was really good at the top, but it was terrible in the bottom. Most of us had to eat snow. Even Alois made a tripple somersault.
Saturday I skied with a group that had talked Florian into using his day off for touring up to Rossfallscharte. We made the first tracks :-)
Here a little movie from the Rossfallscharte trip:
2015, March 29th - April 9th
A slightly different ski trip. Most of the days touring with 1.5 to 2 hours ascend.
As you will see in the video, we had a craze with showing fingers to each other. This was triggered by me telling the old story about the newly wed couple in South America. Sorry if you have heard it before, but here it comes:
OK, the newly wed man drowe the wife and all their stuff up the mountain toward their new house, using a cart pulled by a donkey. It all went fine until the donkey suddenly stopped. The man got angry and went to the donkey saying: "One. Stupid donkey, you better go on, or I will be after you". The donkey got scared, and hurried on.
But a little bit later, it stopped again. Now the man really got angry and said: "Two. Continue, or you will regret it". Again the donkey felt it better to obey the man, and continued upward.
But then again, the donkey got tired and stopped. This was too much for the man. He jumped to the donkey and said: "Three", and in the same moment pulled up his gun and shot the donkey.
The man's new wife got shocked by this, and cried to the man: "You stupid guy. Why did you shoot our only donkey. How are we going to feed ourselves now?".
The reply from the man was short: "One".
---To spare our voices, we used our fingers from now on: One finger, and you were in disgrace. Two fingers and it would be serious. Three fingers, and you should really have been shot. But luckily nobody had any weapons. But our visit to the first hut should make a change to that!
PS: The colouring is for a certain Dutch couple, giggle, giggle.
Thanks a lot Toni, for the guiding, not to mention the excellent cooking, even Eva had her favorite food, Kaiserschmarren, prepared in this primitive environment.
Wonderful, we finally got real snow in St. Anton :-)
Here is a You Tube video (300 MB) from the trip, (thanks Henrike for the clip from the Rendl gondola):
High resolution movie:
Here are my
Here are Toni's
And here Julia's
As usual this year, the weather forecast looked nice, just as I was about to go home, so I stayed 3 more days, skiing with Alois in powder one day, spring snow the next.
2015, March 12th-16th
Lots of sunshine and no new snow. So most of the skiing was on spring snow, but we found some 'powder' here and there.
I got my skins tested on a short walk up towards Maroi Kopf, where someone had build a jump. I avoided the jump, only taking advantage of the good snow at the landing spot.
We skied with Florian, and went to Maroi Kopf and Rendl Scharte among others. He asked us to pay attention to the look of the snow surface in order to anticipate where it had been frozen. Some took this advice rather serious, studying it at centimeters distance :-)
Here you have the movie from the trip, including footage from Trond's camera:
2015, week 8 + 9
The snow from week 5 was still there, so we skied untracked snow every day, but also some rather bad frozen stuff. Sunshine the whole week 8.
Skied with Florian a single day in order to ski with Andi and Julia, including a walk up to Maroi Kopf.
As usual, Alois found good snow down to St. Jakob, but it proved demanding, one day, skiing down with the camera without falling. My self esteme was repaired when filming the group splattering down the mountain :-)
We went up to Rendl Spitze one day, but got bad light on the way down.
My last evening in St. Anton, it began snowing quite well. And you can't go home when that happens, of course. Luckily I could prolong my stay in the pension, so next day I showed up as usual 10 vor 10, Galzig, to some puzzled team members. Alois greeted as usual, but suddenly realized, that I was not supposed to be there.
It was a good decision,50 cm on Rendl og 60-70 in Schöngraben. 3 really good days.
Here is a short You Tube video:
Here is the full movie optimized for Nexus 4:
2015, week 5
Almost no snow when arriving at St Anton, but luckily it snowed most of the week. Not so much sun, but fine snow conditions.
Per, of course, had to try if the rented skis could carve granite. Granite won!
Here is the film optimized for Nexus 4:
2014, week 13
Third time lucky this season. No snow the days before arival, but it started snowing just as I arived. The first day we had 75 cm new snow in Schöngraben, and 50 cm elsewhere. But later during the week, we had to get higher every day. So we went Valluga west to Zurs and walked up to the antenna. Really good snow. Rendl backside and up to Rendl Scharte, and the last day on touring ski up to Hochkarspitze, and even better down from it.
A really good week, even though most south facing slopes went from brown to green!
I earned myself a couple of nicknames, though, such as "Kamikaze Johny" and "Johny Rocket". Just because I was serious about offpiste skiing. Departed from the piste and landed pretty hard on the asphalt road to Krazy Kangaroo. Am I glad the car was not parked 5m further back! But I succeded overtaking the racing girl Edina :-)
Here is the video:
2014, week 8
Another lucky week. Almost no snow at arrival, but then it snowed heavily in the start of the week. We skied with Florian all week except Saturday where we skied with Florian (from Tony's ski school). We got a lot of untracked snow trading in some walking up Maroi Kopf etc. Lüftungsschaft was superp. So was Langen via Kaltenberger Hütte. It was the first time I tried skiing from the Maroi valley entrance towards St Christof, a really nice run. With Florian2 we walked up to the left at the Maroi valley entrance from Albona II, and skied all the way to Lüftungsschaft as the first, in totally untracked snow. A big thank you to Florian for making the track uphill !
Helmuth was our guide the first Saturday, thank you Helmuth!
Here is the movie optimized for Android/Nexus 4 (If you want it in full quality, >500 MB, please send me a mail):
2014, week 5
How lucky can you be? Just the week before, had been one of the worst in many years. But it snowed the first two or three days, mostly at night, can you wish for more? Only the last day gave us technical runs, as Florian put it (= shit snow plus stones and roots).
Alois has had a bad shoulder accident, so we skied with Florian. We did Maroi Kopf, Langen, Sonnen Kopf, Valluga north, Mainvasen, Schöngraben, Wannele etc. The group was totally spoiled, each and every one was praised, no criticism, nothing we are accustomed to ;-)
Olav guided us excellently on the Satturdays, thanks Olav!
Jenny was skiing again, but had a violent fall at the end of the week, hurting her shoulder :-(
Here is the movie:
2013, week 8
What a week! one of the best in many years. The snow was not deep most places, but was excelently distributed and easy to ski. A few places were tricky, though :-)
Alois unfortunately had problems with his knee, hope he will soon get rid of them (the problems, not the knees). We all did our best to amuse him, and succeded at several occasions, hear his cheerful laughter several places in the movie :-)
The last two days were especially excellent. The last day, Sunday, we skied Kalteck with Alois, fantastic snow, well spotted Alois! The new team had some problems at a single spot, the laughter from Alois could be heard miles away.
The day before the last, Saturday, Uli, Eva and I skied with Toni, Alois' partner from the powder 8 world championship. Toni also had taken one of his new guides along, to have a personal look at her skiing. A constantly smiling girl from Poland.
It was a fabulous day. First 2 hours randonee from Rendl/Riffel 1 up to Kreuzjoch. It was freezing cold. But the following skiing was outstanding. The first turns on the top steep part moved something like half a ton of snow in each turn! Unfortunately no pictures or video from this part, we all were engulfed by the skiing (and were freezing like (anti)hell). Further down we had thawed a bit so the camera was taken out, have a look at the powder 8's by Uli and Toni in the movie.
Here is the movie:
2013, week 5
The week started out very well. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Kim and Sonja, Saturday was their last day. We used the day up and down Backside. Sunday with Alois offered a trip to Langen in fine unspoiled snow. Then the weather turned bad. It rained heavily all the way up to 2400m, so the next days were mostly spend on ice covered snow. Only the upper part of Schöngraben had fine snow. I have never taken that many consecutive runs at that place, all untracked bands of snow had to die.
The last two days had really good snow although a bit to the heavy side. And the last day we could actually see more than one meter ahead!
Here is a film from the day before the last:
2012, March 23-25th
The end of this season!
Wonderful firnschnee all friday, Rendl Spitze, Kapal Mattun and Waldschneisse. Skied with Johannes, as Alois had the week off. Saturday it was Ferwall og Wannele, and the first half of sunday was spend with Alois via Valluga hang to Ferwall.
I also had a look at the avalanche on Mainvasen/Mainplatt close up, ugly!
2012, week 8