Stubai Ski Tour 2012 – Report and Photos

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Where to start? – two guides, two great teams and tons of fresh powder!  This years Stubai ski tour certainly wasn’t short of great snow, after 70cm of it fell on the second day.  Amounts like this require a lot of care in the backcountry, so we booked in a couple of extra valley nights and lapped up acres of deep the deep stuff around the Stubai Gletscher (someone’s got to do it!) till it calmed down a bit and we were able to head in to the Amberger Hut – taking in a valley full of untracked lines en route.

Next day we headed over to the Franz Senn Hut, with a section of boot tracking and a steep roped descent at the top of the glacier.  This gave access to more fresh powder and a great ski on down to the hut – just in time for afternoon drinks and plenty of chilling in the sunshine.

On the final day we skinned up Kraulscharte, before the obligatory pefect powder run and a short hop over a shoulder to set up for the final big drop to the valley.  I wasn’t sure what to expect down here, as it was getting pretty warm by now –  but the slope kept on giving and the snow remained fun and skiable all the way to the bottom – so all in all an excellent week.