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Day 2: Skiing Niederau, Austria

By on January 5, 2015 in Austria

Last night we had quite a bit of snow and from what I could see from down in the town the groomers were out busy bashing the piste, so I was looking forward to a good day on the mountain. Unfortunately, the snow conditions were not great and it looks like the new snow froze and was then ground up in to “ice marbles”. As a result, some of the runs are very hard with skis clattering across the loose surface of “ice marbles” and “ice gravel” – it was very difficult to get an edge in…

This is not a great photo but it does show how lumpy the snow is.

Parts of the mountain, particularly on the black runs off the Lanerkopflbahn lift, were almost unskiable in places as it is solid ice with no snow cover. It was impossible to get an edge in.

Over large sections of the mountain, it is clear that they groomed the snow just after, or during, the rain on Saturday night as the tracks from the piste-bashers are frozen into the ice. This makes for some very ‘rattly’ skiing. It is dangerous out there. Hopefully, they will sort it out tonight.

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