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