Last week Jamie, Alistair and myself decided to head over to Austria for the early snow on the Hintertux Glacier in Zillertal, Austria.

We flew with Lufthansa to Munich at an insanely early hour on Thursday morning so that we could drive down to Austria and get at least a few hours of skiing on the first day. I drove so I was very tired when we finally reached 3250m at the top of Hintertux, but that wave of tiredness soon gave way to exhiliration. It was a beautiful blue sky day

We stayed in the charming Bruekenhof gasthaus in Finkenberg, down the valley. This is a lovely place run by a charming Austrian lady and her family, and very cheap at €90pp for 3 nights. Recommended. The ski bus leaves from right outside.

It snowed heavily for 24hrs straight on our second day, giving white out conditions and very hard skiing. The powder was almost sticky under the ski, I don’t think I had the right wax on to cope with the -10 conditions.

Thankfully our third day of skiing was another blue sky special, with the added bonus of all of the snowfall from the previous 24hrs.

Apres ski in Hohenhaus Tenne wasn’t half bad either, you simply cannot beat Austria for actually feeling like you are amongst the mountains.

Photo Slideshow

Jamie posted some on flickr too