On Monday evening there was like 10
cm of snow on the ground. Tuesday morning it was already 70cm in
Murnau! Finally Bavaria got the dumpage it deserved! Quickly a
powder day was scheduled and Peter, Jochen, Lucas and Niki drove
down from Munich, ready to spend the day powder surfing the steep
north faces of the Laber close to Oberammergau.
Yep, it dumped hard
The snow depth
increased rapidly the closer we got to Oberammergau. Next to the
tram station of the Laber Bergbahn there was easily 1 meter of
Clearing the snow masses in
We were pretty
surprised the Laber tram was running once we saw the enormous
amounts of new snow. What about avalanche danger? We had all our
backcountry gear on us and werent overly concerned. The mountain
is normally only opened if the conditions are considered safe.
The Laber North Face below the tram
At the top we
traversed over to the right a little bit till we found a nice
looking gully untouched by any tracks (it was like 11am and some
locals had already lied down some tracks). Once we dropped in, we
sank literally up to the nose in the bottomless snow. Thank god
the slopes were steep enough for allowing us to glide. The snow
was so fluffy and light, it was difficult to breathe while
turning, seeing something was totally impossible actually! Wow, I
had never experienced these kinds of conditions in the local
mountains. This is what it must be like in the Canadian Rockies.
But in Bavaria you dont need a heli on these kinds of days, you
got the Laber tram!
Skiing blindly down the Laber in 1.5+m
of fresh powder
runs were absolutely incredible. It almost felt absurd skiing
through so much powder. Plus there were free chocolates down at
the tram station that helped regaining your strength. We took run
after run, legs were burning like hell.
Caughing down the
Laber in epic conditions
whole day it snowed quite densely and consistently. During the day
another 30cm of pow came down easily.
Heli skiing in the
Selkirk mountains...Aeeh no, it's the Laber in Bavaria!
local dudes in the tram claimed the weather forecast called for an
additional 1.5 meter of fresh till the weekend. Lets hope its