for Backcountry Skiing - - Ken + Sharon Roberts

  • February-March 2007 -- mostly in range of Südtirol (northeast Italy) and Austria, also perhaps some around western Italy or Switzerland.  13 February to 6 March. [ photos ]

Our usual free-form mix of backcountry ski mountaineering tours, groomed cross-country trails, with occasionally days of lift-served downhill skiing (also sometimes inline-skating, bicycling, city-walking tourism). No itinerary -- each day we drive to the kind of skiing that fits the current weather + avalanche conditions, and us and our travel partners' current goals and desires.

  • 13-16 February:  Ken likely more west, like around Val d'Aosta, Ticino -- or perhaps west Switzerland (e.g. Val Ferret, Wildstrubel).

  • 18-24 February:  Sharon + Ken around Südtirol in northeast Italy, based in Brixen (Bressanone) at the west end of Hoch Pustertal - (also driving to tours in nearby Tirol + Veneto + Trentino)

  • 25 February + ??: Ken first perhaps more around Val d'Aosta, Ticino, Simplon -- then focus on ...

  • thru 6 March: Ken in western Austria, especially Tirol, perhaps also more in Südtirol or Salzburgerland, or maybe eastern Switzerland.

style + strategy

Rely on quick information and flexibility to decrease risk and increase fun:

  • Web access to get info to plan next day.

  • Car to drive to the best skiing (or non-skiing) each day.

  • Sleep in valley most nights -- for quick access to Web + Car.

  • Not go out for ski touring at all on days which don't look safe or fun.  Do something else instead (e.g. skating on groomed ski trails).

  • Sleep in huts only in weather + conditions favorable for specific skiing objectives.

key requirements

  • Responsibility:  you take full responsibility for managing your risks + dangers + health, for your ski tour planning + navigation + decisions, for your equipment + clothing + skiing capabilities -- and for your own fun.

  • Car:  you have your own car, if we're going to try to do tours together for several days. (For a single day, might be able to share my car.)

pace + skill

  • Sharon + Ken ski tours:  Climbing rate 225 meters (700 ft) per hour including rests.  Total climbing usually around 600-1000 meters (2000-3300 ft).  Steepness usually around 20-30 degrees.

  • Ken ski tours: Climbing rate 300 meters (1000 ft) per hour (sometimes could be 350 m/hr).  Total climbing usually around 1000-1800 vertical meters (3300-6000 ft), but sometimes 2400m or more.  Steepness usually around 25-35 degrees, occasionally 40 degrees.

previous trips around this region

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