One Tuesday in Stubai
About that short ski film competition last October, here's the story.
On Monday April 18th 2016 Jaakko, a colleague from work, noticed that some powder snow was on its way to the Alps and Tyrol. I did not need much convincing to take a day off for that. After looking at the weather maps, we decided to drive for a day in Stubai, close to Innsbruck in Austria.
On Monday it was dumping snow and Tuesday was bluebird!
We were not alone hunting for powder but got to lay plenty of tracks next to the pistes. Avalanche warning was high at 3 and I did not want to go to any steeper terrain after the heavy snow fall.
Around noon the snow started to get quite heavy from the sun shine.
But on side slopes where angle to the sun was not that hard the snow remained dry.
Unfortunately Jaakko tweaked his knee in an innocent looking tumble on a pair of rented powder skis. It took several months to heal but luckily nothing was broken and no were surgeries needed. My helmet camera just missed the cart wheel:
The video also shows some other rippers on steeper terrain. What is not in the edit is the avalanche which almost landed to the pistes. Several people had hiked to a peak and were riding steep off piste lines towards the pistes and a larger fresh snow avalanche was triggered. This caused a full rescue action with emergency personel, dogs and helicopters, but I think no-one was cought in the snow. I was right to stay away from steeper terrain this time. It pays to read the avalanche bulletins!
In the video competition I got the coveted last place; winners had better stories and lots of social media frieds as support I'm still waiting for the day when I would find a reason to setup Google or Facebook accounts and give my communication data away for them for free. Nah, not going to happen. They'll just have to spider through www and listen on to emails in transit.