Story behind the picture — Valley scoping in Mayrhofen

Unknowingly this would be on of the most important little adventures of the 2015 season. Craig had an extra day of shredding after the winter camp, so on change over day we headed over to check out a little area we’d been wanted to shred for a while. I’d had a look on google earth over the spot, but it was tough to figure a route out of the area. Plus it was not an area that really got traffic. Too risky for the casual powder hound and not steep and long enough for the hardcore ski tourer. That meant it was perfect for us. Sure we’d like to have steep and deep faces all the time, but clients aim to have fun with a reduced amount of risk, with easy entry and exit. This has a lift out, so no need for a massive hike to finish.

The crew moving to the drop zone later in the season

The crew moving to the drop zone later in the season

On arrival we found a sweet lip, that would be great for some airs or spins. There was also a drop in with a few trees and bushes that could act as more secure face for riders who were not that confident with their powder riding. The only tricky part was negotiating a little mountain path down to the drop zone, but that was a brilliant part of the adventure for riders.

The only tricky part was negotiating a little mountain path down to the drop zone, but that was a brilliant part of the adventure for riders.

It got the adrenaline pumping without risking life or limb (too much). There was also some easy access spots that I could dig out some pits to have a look at the snowpack. I was able to take a series of pictures which showed a half decent route out of the valley avoiding a rather deep river bed.

Searching for a line out of the valley

Searching for a line out of the valley

The tough one for Craig was that with there only being two of us we could not risk testing the run. If something happened it would be tough to go for help. It was a gutter for him, as this would become such a sick area for the campers over the winter.

An easy access route with untouched powder that encompassed some sweet boarder friendly terrain that included a decent face, a series of fast rollers and a bunch of mini lumps and bumps that you could air or spin off.

An easy access route with untouched powder that encompassed some sweet boarder friendly terrain that included a decent face, a series of fast rollers and a bunch of mini lumps and bumps that you could air or spin off. Plus this joined back to our building stall, so we could also session that to finish. Luckily in 2016 he got to test this run as part of an epic powder day.

End of run building stall

End of run building stall

For our 2017 camps we plan to separate the weeks into Blue, Red and Black. if you’re thinking this is the kind of riding is what you’d like to work towards why not check out our other winter camps. It’s been great fun helping riders expand their horizons and take their piste and park skills to off piste terrain and purpose built backcountry features.