Last weekend, we finally made it to the mountains with Burli! We met up with our friends “Pacher’s on tour” (check them out on Instagram, Facebook and visit their website!) for some winter camping days. First, we visited the Gemeindealpe in Lower Austria (or, as us Lower Austrians call it, the “Gmoa Oim”) where we did some fun laps and enjoyed the view to the Ötscher, one of the most characteristic and highest mountains in Lower Austria.
The Ötscher is incredible!
After that, we continued our trip to the Planneralm, which is always a safe bet for a good amount of natural snow. We have visited this rather small resort a lot of times already, because we dig the fact that they only have natural snow on the slopes. Also, the feeling up there is very raw and rural – after all day skiing guests have left and the lights in the few houses up there are on, it feels like winter wonderland straight from some kitschy fairy tale. Besides of riding on the slopes, the resort also offers a freeride area and out of bounds lots of terrain for freeriding and touring is available.
We indulged in snowboarding in the resort, freeriding, a splitboard tour up the Karlspitze and also went ninepin bowling – my first time, so far, I have only played tenpin bowling. Ninepin bowling was much harder for some reason, haha.
Then, the Pacher’s left in direction of Fetzy’s World for some ice bathing and running through fire (yes, the Pacher’s ARE a bit wild ;)), whereas Roman and I went for the softer version and visited the Grimming Therme for a decent after-ride-chill.
Roman hiking towards Karlspitze on his splitboard.
Looking back towards the Planneralm ski resort on our way to the Karlspitze.
we had one of the best – if not THE best – freeride days today at the planneralm. after 2 days with snowfall and fog, it cleared up today so we could finally see in detail where & what we were riding.
our boards in front of the jochspitze.
we did about 9 runs from the glaeserkoppe (short hike up from the glaeserboden t-bar), first going for the descent straight ahead, then traversing to the left, in direction of the jochspitze. later we switched to the rotbuehel, hiking up for the first run and then traversing into the face from the slope.
we happily left our tracks in perfect, light powder. i had the best run of the whole season in the morning, dropping and jumping and speeding down with delicious turns like it didn’t matter. i was beyond stoked after that run!
two happy campers with two happy tankers.
i’m very very very happy that we haven’t already packed our bags last week and said goodbye to the season and the mountains. it looked like winter was done, but luckily that one more dump came to help us round off the season for good.
we will leave on saturday, until that, we will ride as much as possible.
i’m tired now. tired & happy. a good combination :)
on thursday, we started our day very early. the alarm went off at 4am, it kicked us out of our cozy bed & made us stumble into the kitchen for a bit of breakfast. we felt tired, cold and it was dark outside.
we packed our backpacks with a small snack and something to drink, got dressed in all our gear and then went outside to find our car covered in a thick layer of ice. grrrr.
after 5 minutes of intense scratching around we managed to get off enough of the ice to ensure a safe drive.
we drove for about 30 minutes until we reached the parking lot of the planneralm. we were a bit late, so we saw a big part of our hiking group already starting the ascent. they all had their headlamps on and marched away into the darkness.
our shredbuddy G waited for us to get ready, while we put our shoes on, stuck the skins onto our splitboards and extended our poles.
then we started the hike up as well, for a short time with the help of our headlamps, immediately switching them off when we safely had reached our track.
it was still dark, but due to the snow all around us and the nearly full moon it was light enough to allow our eyes to recognize our surroundings.
we chatted a bit while walking, but also took in the bleak silence before the breaking dawn.
we topped out at 7am straight, after a short, refreshing hour on the path upwards.
everyone chose a good place in the front row to witness the upcoming spectacle. we drank tea, ate snacks and G even took the time to make some fresh coffee.
at about 7:15, it was time for the big play to start, the reason we all got up so damn early – the rising sun.
i’m not exaggerating if i say that it was extremely beautiful and the colors were amazing. you hardly ever see such great colors during daytime. sunset is also a completely different story.
in addition to this great spectacle of mother nature, i felt overwhelmed with joy to be able to share this moment with a bunch of friendly people and was also pretty proud of myself that i had the power to overcome my weaker self. of course it would have been cozier to just stay in bed, but sometimes you gotta do some work to experience extraordinary things.
i’ll leave you with some pictures of this adventure, enjoy!
yesterday, we took the gläserkoppe t-bar at the planneralm again. like on tuesday, we hiked up to the großer rotbühel. we descended from there to the plientensattel and started to bootpack up to the hintergullingspitz. the ridge was partly free of snow, so we didn’t need to skin up.
when we reached the summit, we decided not to ride down to the plientensattel directly, instead we kept walking along the ridge in direction of the kreuzberg.
we dropped in to the left, rode down to the bottom of the small valley and bootpacked up again on the ridge on the other side of the valley.
descent from the hintergullingspitz ridge
looking back to hintergullingspitz
we hiked up on the ridge in the right area of this picture
next descent was to the plientensattel again & skinning up to großer rotbühel to end the tour of the day.
today, we went to schladming to ride the slopes of planai and also did some laps in the park. nice weather, not too many people, but the snow conditions were not really satisfying.
yesterday, we arrived in our new temporary home at the tauplitz. we unpacked our cars and then directly went to the tauplitz to snowboard. we enjoyed 2 hours of riding on the slopes (not enough snow off piste there, sadly), with perfect sunshine and only a few other people.
today, it was time for the first freeriding / touring day. we drove up to the planneralm (we jokingly call it “plannish columbia” in our little powder in the east circle of friends), took the rotbühelbahn chairlift and then checked the conditions. we decided that it would not be a good idea to hike up to the plannereck and descend towards the east. instead, we rode down to the valley and took the t-bar to the gläserboden. the conditions from there on seemed a lot better and we also talked to a group of guys who had just finished their hike back up again and confirmed, that taking this route will be pretty nice.
we hiked up a bit towards the großer rotbühel and then strapped in. the snow was okay – about 15cm of soft snow (from 2 days ago) on a layer of harder snow.
we dropped in and descended for about 300 vertical meters. after that, we switched our boards to walk mode and went up to the ridge. i struggled with my switchbacks a bit, so we determined that it would be a good idea to repeat this hike a second time.
we hiked up towards the großer rotbühel again, picked a line and enjoyed a few turns. then it was time to walk up again.
when we arrived at the ridge, we did a little switchback & riding in split-mode training, had a cup of tea and then rode back down to the slopes and to our car again.
-> see the map on bergfex.