Stephanie Jagl-Posch

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last weekend, we decided to venture out on a short trip to the tauplitz, where the snow forecast had predicted about 40cm of fresh snow. coincidentally, we met two riding buddies of ours there, mat and oli, and so we enjoyed two days of riding in a group of four snow hungry friends.

the question of the weekend that caused some fiery discussions between mat and oli: does riding hellbents make you unlearn how to ski? what do you think? post your opinion below! ­čśë

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Winter Inauguration 2015.

to celebrate the newborn winter season 2014/2015, Roman and I went on a 9 day pow searching mission in Austria from friday, the 2nd january 2015 on.
our powder in the east (PIE) buddy G. came over and we hit the road to Salzburg together.
we met up with a group of PIE members in Gro├čarl in the evening and made plans for the next day.

saturday morning, we started our first tour and hiked up to the Penkkopf, one of the most visited mountaintops in the Gro├čarl region. Roman and I┬áhad already been up there before, so we knew that this tour was perfect as a starter. first you start out pretty mellow with a long hike along a shallow path through a dreamy winter wonderland, then the track steepens for the last hour or so until you reach the flat peak. from there, you have a great view all around, from Gro├čarl to Kleinarl, which lies on the other side of the mountain.
after a short break on the mountaintop, we had a fun ride down. the snow conditions were pretty good, we had enough snow to ride without the risk of hitting rocks or trees situated underneath the snow and even found some entertaining pillows and small jumps.

View from the Penkkopf
view from the summit of Penkkopf.

on sunday, the weather had gone bad, with limited view, snowfall and lots of wind. we decided to play it safe and ride the slopes of Gro├čarl.
as we all hadn’t had the chance to ride a lot prior to this trip, it was a great opportunity to get used to riding again. luckily, after several years of snowboarding, it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it again. i have to say, i really noticed how much my riding has improved during the last winter season. i’m very thankful for that. seems like the bad conditions were useful after all!

we played around, explored the fresh snow next to the slopes and had a surprisingly awesome day.

on monday, it was time to say goodbye to the PIE group and Gro├čarl. Roman and I hopped into the car and headed over to Obertauern, where we were able to stay at Hotel Leitner (nice place directly at the slopes, with breakfast buffet and sauna – check it out if you seek accommodation in Obertauern!).
we met up with F., a friend of G., and plowed through the fresh snow next to the slopes. the view was still limited, so we stuck to humble tree runs but still had a great time.

Sunrise in Obertauern
good morning, Obertauern!

tuesday was the first day with sunny weather and fresh pow, as well as a national holiday, which meant that lots of people came to the resort and ventured into the backcountry. we decided to stay on the safe side (after all, we still had an avalanche risk of 3 out of 5) and first warmed up next to the slopes. we hit some drops, did some turns and after about an hour, decided to explore some of the safer routes out of bounds.
i have to say, i’m not one who chases first lines, i’m more of a safety lover. i’d rather be safe and maybe ride a slope where there’s already some tracks inside, than go out of my way to be the first to ride somewhere.
there will be times when the conditions will be just right anyways and then i will be able to truly enjoy drawing first lines.
still, we had no problem finding paths to ride that were enjoyable, occasionally scoring face shots as well as dropping and jumping around.

on wednesday we pulled out our touring gear and went on a hike to the Gro├če Kesselspitze, which lies next to the resort of Obertauern, but can’t be accessed by the lifts.
the weather felt like spring (oh no, not again, just like last winter! ;)) as we walked through a lovely forest and then spitzkehred our way up to the top. the last few meters to the summit have to be climbed, so we left our equipment at the ski depot to check out the view on this sunny day.
we met a few other ski touring folks and talked to them about the possible descent on the south facing slope. originally, we had planned to ride down the ascent route as a safety measure, but since the snow seemed to be good, we decided to follow the tracks of the other guys.
it was a great idea and a memorable descent!

On top of the Gro├če Kesselspitze
Roman checking the view on the summit of the Gro├če Kesselspitze.

The rocky path up to the Summit of Gro├če Kesselspitze
a look back to the rocky path up to the Summit.

A look back on the descent of Gro├če Kesselspitze
this was our lovely way down!

 

thursday was our planned travel and chill day. Roman wanted to try out a new binding, so we went to the Blue Tomato test center in Obertauern, where he received a now! binding to test.
as we stood around in the shop, M., one of the shop dudes, asked if we were interested in giving him company for a short freeride intermezzo. we shortly discussed if this sounded like a good idea or not (after all, knees were sore and a freeride camp was coming up) but then made up our minds and told M. that we were going to join him.
in the mean time, his shred buddy B. had arrived and we headed up to the chair lift together.
after two warm up runs, we started to hike towards the Seekarspitze. after about 30 minutes, we reached our destination and each of us found an individual spot to drop in. my route was steep at the top and i couldn’t clearly see if there were rocks beneath me, so i decided to head to the left after dropping in, to ride around that overhanging part. snow was good and we all had a good time cruising down.
afterwards, we said goodbye and headed back to the shop, where Roman finally bought the bindings.

shortly after his purchase, we drove to Bad Mitterndorf and checked into our apartment. the rest of the day was spent relaxing, in the evening we visited Steph from Die Bergstation for a chat and a Zirbenschnaps.

I ho Hoamweh noch BA
Mitterndorf, here we come!

friday morning meant the start of yet another freeride day, only this time not on our own but with a group of lovely, funny people, most of them already familiar faces, as we were part of the motherland anniversary camp.
happy campers cruised and hiked, and faster than we could point out shit, the day was over.
everybody seemed sore but satisfied.

Mitterndorf Sunset.
the sun setting like crazy over Bad Mitterndorf.

during the night, it started to pour down like crazy. on saturday, a lot of the snow in town had melted or been washed away. also, it was very stormy, so much that all the lifts were closed.
Steph and Markus, our guides, let us decide if we wanted to go ride the slopes of Riesneralm or do an avy training.
we all preferred to work on our avalanche rescue skills, and so we went up to the Sch├Ânialm by car, where we first got served hot drinks by the friendly Sch├Ânialm staff, although it was their day off – thanks again!
the guide team explained the proper process when solving an avalanche accident and then we went outside to work on our practical skills. we split up in two groups, got tips on our shoveling technique and then hid a few avalanche transceivers and backpacks for the other group to search.
our guides played eye witnesses who had just seen a group of people go down with an avalanche. and they did it very well – Steph pretended to be totally devastated and in panic, we hardly were able to get out any info from him and even needed to do a body check to find out if he was carrying an avalanche transceiver, which might interfere with our search.
as our group consisted of 4 people with 3 of us knowing each other pretty well, our rescue went fine and we finished solving the problem of multiple buried transceivers and probing for a backpack rather quickly. statistically, everyone could have survived, as we were finished in about 12 minutes, if i remember that correctly.
the result felt really good and i am sure that we were able to better our skills.
hopefully, we will never need to use our knowledge, but it’s good to feel prepared and able to help.

on sunday, we faced yet another slush day and roman and i decided to skip riding and go home instead.
we had had a great week of riding and felt no need in fighting with wet, heavy snow. our thighs agreed ­čśë

 

Going Home sad.
going home – happy because of the great days we had, sad that the weather wasn’t on our side for the last day.

 

tomorrow it’s time for the first FWQ contest of the season at the Hochkar in Lower Austria, wish me luck!


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exploring plannish columbia.

yesterday, we arrived in our new temporary home at the tauplitz. we unpacked our cars and then directly went to the tauplitz to snowboard. we enjoyed 2 hours of riding on the slopes (not enough snow off piste there, sadly), with perfect sunshine and only a few other people.

today, it was time for the first freeriding / touring day. we drove up to the planneralm (we jokingly call it “plannish columbia” in our little powder in the east circle of friends), took the rotb├╝helbahn chairlift and then checked the conditions. we decided that it would not be a good idea to hike up to the plannereck and descend towards the east. instead, we rode down to the valley and took the t-bar to the gl├Ąserboden. the conditions from there on seemed a lot better and we also talked to a group of guys who had just finished their hike back up again and confirmed, that taking this route will be pretty nice.

we hiked up a bit towards the gro├čer rotb├╝hel and then strapped in. the snow was okay – about 15cm of soft snow (from 2 days ago) on a layer of harder snow.

we dropped in and descended for about 300 vertical meters. after that, we switched our boards to walk mode and went up to the ridge. i struggled with my switchbacks a bit, so we determined that it would be a good idea to repeat this hike a second time.
we hiked up towards the gro├čer rotb├╝hel again, picked a line and enjoyed a few turns. then it was time to walk up again.
when we arrived at the ridge, we did a little switchback & riding in split-mode training, had a cup of tea and then rode back down to the slopes and to our car again.

-> see the map on bergfex.

planneralm

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approaching my first winter season

as 2013 ends, i’m looking forward to big changes in 2014. Roman and i have given up our flat in vienna. we have already moved out – it was a lot of work (and foiled my plans to work out as much as possible), but it was worth it, knowing the reason for this decision – we will do our first winter season.

we have dreamed about spending more time in the mountains for the last years and finally we were brave enough to commit ourselves.
we will be situated at the tauplitz in styria for 3 months. we hope for lots of great experiences and wish to get to know more dedicated people to ride with. may there be lots of room for improvement in our skills and many emotions to share.

i enjoy writing about my adventures a lot and luckily┬áhave had the chance to have my articles published in different magazines. one of them is the website powderguide.com – after winning the mountain mastery contest in 2012, i stayed in contact with the magazine staff and this summer, the opportunity to contribute more to powderguide.com popped up. of course i agreed and have recently written a story about being a mountain addict, living in a big city in the flat land in the east of austria (in german, click here to read). i’m looking forward to continue reporting about my winter season and also writing about other things, like contests or events.

i plan to compete in a few freeride contests again and i hope that i will be able to come up with a video recap of my adventures by the end of the season.

(and in april, i will be back at the office to continue working as a web developer, in case anyone is wondering ;)).

wishing you all a wonderful winter! make sure to check back for updates!

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tauplitz – sp├╝r die freude!

from january the 5th until the 8th we participated in the “MOTHERLAND CAMP” by Die Bergstation.

here’s a short write-up of the events during these days…

5th jan

drove to tauplitz and checked into our room. had a nervous breakdown because it was really old and not clean at all.

6th jan

after eating breakfast from dirty dishes, decided to check out again and find another place to stay.
met up at 9am at the parking lot in bad mitterndorf with the guides from die bergstation and the rest of the people. everyone introduced themselves, then we got split up in groups.

since the tauplitz was closed due to the bad weather, we proceeded to the riesneralm, where we encountered lots of snow, even more snowfall during the day but also lots of wind. lu shows us a couple of nice runs nevertheless.

afterwards, we practise searching for an avalanche victim with our beacons.

in the evening, everyone met up at the “spring in” in bad mitterndorf to have a drink. i finally managed to find another room, at the hotel sonnenuhr.

our search for food was not that successful, in one place the kitchen was closed already, in another place it was impossible to get a vegetarian pizza except for a quattro stagioni. the unfriendly waiter made the decision easy for us, we ditched dinner and went to bed hungry.

7th jan

waking up to water damage in our room. the hose going into the toilet tank decided that it was time to break, so we had the great opportunity to take a shower & a dump at the same time. wohoo!

when we got to our car, we had to notice that the snowplough had efficiently shoveled all the excess snow from the street around our car, so we had to shovel it out… while we were doing so, one of the tauplitz staff members comes over and goes apeshit on us, asking why we parked there etc etc… well, our host at the hotel had advised us to do so, because it was not possible to drive up the hill to the other parking lot anymore.
a little bit later, the angry guy comes over to us again and helps us get out the car of the hard-packed snow. so thanks for that! ­čśë
we ride tauplitz all day long, during the morning we even get to enjoy pretty nice weather – the only precipitation break during the 3 camp days.

we started off with a lovely run over a ridge from the lawinenstein chairlift, passing rather steep terrain and then entering a sparse forest with wonderful powder.
afterwards we did some runs next to the mitterstein gondola.

in the evening, our bathroom in the hotel was functional again. fully functional? well, not really. the hose was sealed again, but it was bent too much, so no water was coming through. argh!

we decide that it’s time for some relaxation, so we pack our bags and head for the thermal spring. afterwards we pick up pizza.

8th jan

we rode the runs next to the gondola all day long. i tried steph‘s jones hovercraft – what an amazing board! i wish i could afford one!

in the evening, it was time to say goodbye to everyone and drive home with a big grin on our faces.

a big THANK YOU to Die Bergstation and all the riders!

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link love!

-> http://diebergstation.at/

-> http://www.dietauplitz.com/

-> http://www.stephhickey.com.au/