Saturday, October 7, 2023

Sunny, Extremely Icy

Birthday. I needed some skiing for that. And, the only real skiing on this side of the planet was in Hintertux, the friendly location for year-around skiing on the glaciers. Sadly, the glaciers are shrinking. Now on first of October their state in Hintertux was worse than last year in the worst of the summer in the end of August. That's not good. But, some ice left. A bit of snow also on top in some places, even some unskied snow! But wow, were the main slopes icy. Extremely icy, as the weather forecast indicated.

Here's a short video:

Such a nice place, Hintertux! Just look at these views:


Slopes. And queues!

Captain obvious?

Crevasses. Massive crevasses, cf. the size of the snow cat below for instance. And deep, tens of meters. Would be very interesting to explore! But not safe :-(

Mountain views:

The author:

On this trip I stayed at the Mariasteinerhof in Mariastein, one hour away. Previous articles about Hintertux have appeared herehere, here, here, here and here. I've also been caving here, see this. Or SUPping under the glacier, see this. Not to mention using the saunas and pools in the many fine hotels here, see for instance this.

This article has also appeared in TGR. Read the full Planetskier series at, or all blog articles from BlogspotTGR. Photos, videos, and text (c) 2023 by Jari Arkko.

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