Just a few photos today to give you an idea of the side country action we were able to enjoy in Zell am See-Kaprun. Or mostly Adam actually, I got to play the photographer for these shots! I did get a good workout in, hiking in and out of spots to not ruin the untouched powder but still get a pretty good angle.
The photo above is actually the bit of backcountry that I talked about in our resort review. You can see the Saalbach-Hinterglemm resort in the background. This side had a lot more snow on the trees and was absolutely picture perfect! It just happened to be a few hundred meters below the gondola... oh well! Worth it for the pictures, as I said.
There's a funny story to go with the picture above. Since I don't have any powder skiing experience I just about managed to make a couple of turns before stopping awkwardly. Anyway, we've actually recorded myself "dropping in" to a bit of backcountry and Adam reminding me to take it slowly. A couple of seconds later my skis get stuck on a tree trunk and I front flip into the powder. It was one of those super slow motion falls and must have looked absolutely hilarious! The video is for another day though. These couple of shots above as well as the one below are some of my favourites. If you look closely you can see that most of the snow wasn't white and beautiful anymore but I am still very proud of how these pictures came out!
The photo above is just off the piste at Schmittenhöhe and was one of those photo locations that required a bit of a hike out. I learned just how hard it is to shuffle my way back up the hill with my skis on. After just a couple of steps I wanted to rip off all of my layers!
These tree shots were taken just off one of the black valley runs. Adam stopped because he found this spot where the sun illuminated the trees and snow so we went to have a look. It also meant that we could avoid some of the by now pretty icy piste which was a blessing. I had the best time ducking low and bumping over snow covered fallen logs when I skied out of here.
If you look closely, you can see the gondola in the shot below - that's the beauty of the side country: not much hiking involved!