St Anton report!

Discussion in 'Europe' started by BCswitch, Feb 23, 2012.

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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    First day skiing was the 11/2 and last day will be Friday, although been out of action yesterday and today with a slight tweak of the knee! Have had unbelievably good conditions since being here a great balance of powder day and good blue bird days with stable snow!
    This has been my first trip to St Anton and it has been an awesome resort on and off the slopes. Great off piste skiing, lots of good terrain opened up by short hikes/climbs ranging from 5 min to 1.5 hours (the ones that I did anyway. Plenty of couloirs, open faces, bowls, valleys and some tree skiing. There is also a large amount of natural features to hit and play off!

    I did this trip solo and rode '10 obsetheds, rode '12 bent chetelers and '13 Kastle James for a day each when the shop lost my skis when they were getting a wax!

    Here is a few Pics!
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    Heinz

    Heinz Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

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    Heinz

    Heinz Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

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    Heinz

    Heinz Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

    [​IMG] some nice lines there! [​IMG]
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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    Cheers mate! What are your skiing plans for the year? Will you be heading over to Wanaka?
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    awesome!! i will be there next week!

    could you provide details on off piste/hikes you did as i am also flying solo and would like to get to some of the goods but this will be my first time and i dont know the mountain. pm if you like.
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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    Did a lot around Stuben and Rendel area Hike up the ridge from Gamperg or Rifflelbahn 2 and ride the bowls and valley back down to the base of the Gondalla. Lots of options at Stuben. There is a large range of choices from the peaks Knodelkopf, Peischlkoph and Wirt that will lead you back to Rauz or St Christoph. From Albongrat the is plenty out the back that leads down to Mario.
    As far as straight off the lift goes Schindler has lots of good faces and couloirs. When riding trail 15, to skiers left is ridge which you can climb in various points to ski a lot of couloirs on the other side and than continue to ski the Mattun basin.
    From the top of Kapall cut left across the rope tow and it will lead you down a valley with a few different options down into town with a short hike back to the Nasserein.
    To access the top station of the Valluga you need a guide or can climb it! Skiing off the back to Zurs.

    There is lots more and heaps of natural features, drops and cliffs to play on to. I did a day with Piste to Powder guides and they were great to. There is also a off piste book which you can get from sport shops in town.
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    thank you very much bc. looking forward to hitting some of those!
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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    No worries! Have a good trip!
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    piste to powder guides, was it €100 for the day? were they skier only or do they guide snowboarders too?
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    Heinz

    Heinz Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

    Yep, Wanaka as usual. Japan before that though.
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    Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler Dedicated Member

    That price is about right. When I was there 3 years ago they only did skiers
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    piolet

    piolet Part of the Furniture

    Nice shots, looks like you scored big time [​IMG]
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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    Yes thats about how much it is. I saw some boarder groups to. It may pay to book now or as soon as you get there as they seem to be full a lot of the time.
    Yeah scored the conditions sweet _im_ missed the last three days with a tweak of the knee but the 11 days up till then where all perfect!
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    Heinz

    Heinz Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

    Should get back there myself sometime again even if it is much more international than Austrian. Has ben a long time.
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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    Nice, if all fits in with work I'll be in NZ for two weeks in August- a week in Wanaka riding TC and with HMH and a week in the Cubies and with Metven Heli. And then South America for two weeks in September Prob 2 weeks at Las Lenas! If we are in Wanaka at the same time we'll have to tee up somedays at HMH again!

    I had a great trip and after I have finished all the places I want to go in Europe I will defiantly be back!
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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    Webbercocked the couloirs I was referring to previously off the lift at Schildller are mostly visible in photo 11 and the ones that you ski down to and climb are visible in photo 14 alought from the photos you can't make out some of the tight ones.
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    Heinz

    Heinz Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

    I'll be in Wanaka Aug 5-18 this year.
    I think you'll enjoy Las Lenas as well.
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    cheers bc. i just booked a day with piste to powder.

    what does their day entail?
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    also, any must do activities i should check out besides riding? not nightlife/clubs/pubs.
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    DVP

    DVP Active Member

    Great pics! Don't know if you have been there before to be able to compare but is Rendl busy these days? I was there in 2009 before the built the new gondola and it was super quiet when the rest of the resort was busy. Could get fresh lines off the top chair (which is as high as the valluga) all day!
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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    Had a couple of good days with minimal over the back of the Rendl on the partly cloudy days with fresh snow, once it turned blue bird it did have a little bit of skiier traffic nothing to bad though! I can't judge to pat crowds as it was my first time there.

    I can't really think of to many other activities, although I wasn't really looking.
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    having 2nd thoughts about doing off piste day when it hasnt snowed in a while? thoughts?
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    That's precisely when you should be doing it - when the obvious snow is tracked out a guide will get you into the good stuff.
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    yeh id figured that, but what good stuff is out there if it hasnt snowed for weeks? (i think it hasnt snowed for weeks...cant be sure cos im not there)
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    it was so hot today, i was walking around in a tshirt.
    hopefully got my timing right as temps are dropping and some snow expected this week.

    is it just me or does this town just smell like money. ive never been anywhere like it
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    except monaco, but not a ski town
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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

    Go over and check out Lech, that's where the uber rich go!
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    'H' Jones

    'H' Jones Dedicated Member

    And the not so rich, we had a couple of weeks in Lech, great spot, good skiing [​IMG]
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    rode all over st anton today.
    thoughts so far...
    snow quality is really poor, lots of grass and rocks, icey in the morning, slush in the afternoon.
    tons of people everywhere, mostly sitting in the sun drinking (i dunno if this is standard at this time of year)
    lift line etiquette as well as lifties actually working seem terrible.

    positives i can see are if there was decent snow theres tons of terrain to ride.
    thats about it, im not that impressed so far.

    heading over to lech tomorrow.

    then off-piste tour on tuesday.
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    DVP

    DVP Active Member

    WC - out of interest is this your first time in Europe? Will be interesting to see what you think after your time in Japan. Europe is so unbelievably hit or miss... when we were in St Anton March '09 in was like Spring at the start of the week (so beers in the sun at Rendl beach were a great idea!) but then by the end of the week we had about 6 feet in 2 days and the pow was epic.
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    yeh it was definitely spring today. I've always been wary of europe because of the hit and miss weather, expense and apre culture.
    i know its early days, but its pretty much what i expected. lots of stereotypes confirmed [​IMG]

    i think for me nowadays, i just want to shred powder everyday in empty resorts and japans the best place for that. gulmarg was also good, but i hated india.

    im still having a good time, dont get me wrong [​IMG]
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    rode zurs, zug and lech today.

    got a small amount of fresh powder this morning riding from zurs-lech. conditions overall were still pretty rubbish everywhere else, icey and poor vis.

    the vastness of this area is pretty mindboggling

    i might be realising that i dont actually like alpine riding that much especially when its foggy/snowy because i cant see anything and i had some vertigo today. doesnt seem to be any decent tree riding that i can find to get away from this.

    anyway, offpiste guiding tomorrow.
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    bluebird powder day today! best day of the week!
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

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    BCswitch

    BCswitch New Member

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    cin

    cin Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

    We had those conditions you speak of last year in nozawa for the last 2 days there, and we were there at the same time roughly as you were. I've had the same in Europe but also some great conditions in Europe. Its the luck of the draw pretty much anywhere you go in the world, some times you get it sometimes you don't, even here in Oz.
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    webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

    the thing i like about europe is the bluebird powder days, rare in japan.

    overall i like st anton, would i come here again? probably not because i think i can get better value elsewhere eg japan.
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    XTREMO

    XTREMO Addicted Member

    Anyone still in St A? Thinking of getting a sneaky week in from next weekend. Still good snow conditions?!
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    Incider

    Incider Active Member

    I was there xmas 08/09 and again 09/10 and I saw bugger all difference in crowds over in Rendl, but that said, there was more snow in 08/09 and so there were less crowds generally the following year because people either went to other resorts or delayed their trip until things improved.
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    gortonator

    gortonator Active Member

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