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Day 8 - stanton d2 002

Day 8 - stanton d2 002

What was consumed the night before in my hotel room watching movies.


Day 8 - stanton d2 003

Day 8 - stanton d2 003

Standing just outside the top station of the Galzig gondola looking at the Valluga I tram and the Schindler Spitze on the right.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 004

Looking east back down toward St. Anton and the Galzig gondola. Just past the roller is a very deep and steep ravine that is a classic avalanche terrain trap.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 005


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Day 8 - stanton d2 007

Part of the Osthang Einfahrt ski run. Nice and wide (almost 100 meters) and about 25 degrees; a classic blue run (at St. Anton, blue runs are the easiest, red the medium, black the hardest.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 008

Another view of the same.


Day 8 - stanton d2 009

Day 8 - stanton d2 009

Same again. Schindler Spitze in the background.


Day 8 - stanton d2 010

Day 8 - stanton d2 010

Standing on the Osthang ski route (one of the several ungroomed ski routes of St. Anton) looking towards the Stuben ski area with Albonagrat mountain looming over it.


Day 8 - stanton d2 011

Day 8 - stanton d2 011

Looking south towards the Rendl ski area with Rendl Talabfahrt ski run. A nice, long, swooping red run that was an absolute gas in the spring corn. Not very wide (perhaps 50 meters at most, averaged 25 meters) or steep (perhaps 30 degrees at most).


Day 8 - stanton d2 015 Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 015 Stitch

Stitch photo from top of Osthang ski lift, looking south.


Day 8 - stanton d2 016 Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 016 Stitch

Another stitch photo with the St. Christoph ski lift. Virtually everything you see is open to skiing, from the slope in the foreground to the large open areas across the valley on the left.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 020

Top part of the Osthang Einfahrt ski run.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 022

Tanzboden ski run with Zammermoos chair and the Tanzboden drag lift in the background. The Schindler Kar ski route is in the far background to the right of the pointy peak, the Schindler Spitze.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 025

Standing at the bottom tram dock of the Valluga II tram. Very small tram with room for 4 people max.


Day 8 - stanton d2 026 Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 026 Stitch

Stitch photo from top of Valluga; Schindler Spitze is on left in foreground.


Day 8 - stanton d2 026a Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 026a Stitch


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Day 8 - stanton d2 031

Looking down the valley at Zurs and Lech. A guide would be very advisable to ski this route.


Day 8 - stanton d2 032 Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 032 Stitch

Another stitch from top of Valluga, looking west.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 034

Standing on top of Valluga at 2811 meters. This is one of the main ski routes down. This is a north face and the right edge is a rather large cliff so don't screw up. Not horribly steep, perhaps 40 degrees.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 035

Same again.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 036

Looking towards the northeast from top of Valluga. Not sure if this is an actual ski route but probably could ski it if you arranged for a pickup. Long way to travel back to St. Anton, considering it is close to seven miles to the closest town of Steeg at the end of this valley.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 037

Another view of this ski route. It ends near Zurs so you need a taxi back to St. Anton. I should have done it this day because this was one of the few really nice days.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 045

Looking west towards Switzerland.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 046

The tiny Valluga II tram (or tramette). Perhaps 1.5 meters wide by two meters long.


Day 8 - stanton d2 048 Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 048 Stitch

Stitch photo looking south from Valluga.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 052

Yours truly.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 055

Valluga II tramette coming into top station.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 057

Standing just outside the top station of the Valluga I tram looking northeast down the Vallugagrat run. This is the only non-ski route down off the Valluga I tram and ends at a poma tow lift. Not the best if you want to make lots of laps on it. Meant that I skied this particular piste once; nice and wide, not many folks skiing it because of the pain-in-the-ass factor of getting to it.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 059

Looking back up to the top station of the Valluga I tram from the Vallugagrat piste. Lovely powder off the sides.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 060

Standing on the Vallugagrat piste looking down the valley towards Steeg at the end of this northeastern valley. The Valluga poma drag lift is just downhill.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 062

Riding the nut-crunching Valluga drag lift.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 068

Top of the Valluga drag lift, looking south.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 073

Top of the Mattunjoch ski route. Very nice on the right side with some fresh powder. Not sure why everyone going on the left, considering it was mashed potatoes. Reasonably steep, perhaps 35-40 degrees.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 075

Good snow on north aspect of Mattunjoch ski route.


Day 8 - stanton d2 076 Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 076 Stitch

Stitch photos of Mattunjoch ski route. Looking south across St. Anton valley towards Rendl ski area.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 080

Looking down the Mattunjoch ski route. In the middle distance is a small hut that made for a nice stop. The hidden bergschrunds lying just under the new snow made for a nice deathtrap. On this run I had my right leg punch through and fall into one. Not fun.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 082

Same again with hut more visible.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 085

Looking back up the Mattunjoch ski route. Just below the hut you can make out several large bergschrunds. I came down the ridge line on the left to play it safe. Many of the bergschrunds were probably 1.5-2.5 meters deep and one meter across.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 086

Mattunjoch ski route again.


Day 8 - stanton d2 088 Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 088 Stitch

Stitch from near bottom of Mattunjoch ski route.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 090

Standing on the Mattunjoch ski route looking southwest towards top of Galzig area.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 091

Closeup of the top of the Galzig area.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 092

Looking at Rendl area across the valley.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 094

Another view of the Mattunjoch ski route. Absolutely huge. The hut is right about in the middle of the photo.


Day 8 - stanton d2 098 Stitch

Day 8 - stanton d2 098 Stitch

Stitch photo from top of the Kapall ski lift, looking mostly southwest. Mattunjoch ski route on right, Galzig area in middle.


Day 8 - stanton d2 100

Day 8 - stanton d2 100

Couple paragliders waiting for the right winds on top of Kapall.


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Day 8 - stanton d2 103

Standing at the top of the Kapall chair looking at the Schongraben drag lift (that german for "nutcrusher").


Day 8 - stanton d2 104

Day 8 - stanton d2 104

Standing on the Gstans piste looking at the bottom of the Schongraben drag lift. Looking east down the St. Anton valley.


Day 8 - stanton d2 106

Day 8 - stanton d2 106

Looking up the Stallmahder-Fang piste. Nice run; quite wide at around 100 meters; medium steepness of approximately 30-35 degrees. Pretty darn slushy with wet spring snow.


Day 8 - stanton d2 110

Day 8 - stanton d2 110

Same again but looking downhill at Nasserein neigborhood of St. Anton.


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