Not so Snowy time in the Tuxer Alps

Tuxer Alps Charles Kenwright

Racing clouds. The Tuxer Alps, Tirol, Austria copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com

Last week I was staying up at the Lizumer Hut in the Tuxer Alps for three days. We´ve had a very poor winter for snow so far, and, although this looks pretty white, the snow depth was very shallow. The strong winds of late had blown a fair amount of snow into the lee side gullies, which actually caused some localised avalanche danger (in fact I triggered a small one).

There was enough snow to make snow shoes more than worth while but ski-mountaineering would only have resulted in wrecked skis! I took this up on the summit of Torspitze (2663m) on Wednesday morning. It was a chilly day, -12c. at the hut, but when we climbed up into the sun, despite the light wind, I was thankful of my sun blocker! The view from the summit was wonderful. The sky was very active, with both high cloud and lower cloud rushing in, covering and then revealing the mountains near us. So, despite the lousy snow conditions, it was a great three days and a good shake down cruise for 2016.

 

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3 thoughts on “Not so Snowy time in the Tuxer Alps

  1. The seasons this year have certainly not conformed to the rule book. Here in middle England, middle January and we have yet to have our first frost of the winter. Rain …well we have bucket loads of that to spare.

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