Our usual tourski trip resembled more of a demolition derby.. one after another could not make it this year or was in such a shape that touring was no option. But in the end, it was the Camperchase Crew who was on the move onto Obertauern.
Markus had told us to bring wide skis and although sceptic, we did.. and Markus definitely had something up his sleeve! The warm up run was mainly to check options and expositions and then it went on! Short hike, steep drop in and first tracks! We crossed the OT area and rode Kleine Kesselspitze too.. Stoked (but tired) we did the 2 hour tour to the 90-year old Südwiener Hütte in the afternoon.
The next day the search for hidden gems went on, we used the standard skin track to the Kleiner Pleisslingkeil but descended via an alternative route with.. first tracks and pow! We then skinned up again to the Scheibenkogel to ride some more pow in the descent to the hut where we spent the rest of the evening drinking Radlers and playing games.
The next day was going to be interesting, high winds, high temperatures and limited time because we had the long drive back too.. so we did Spirzinger (the local mountain of the Südwiener Hütte) and rode its north face to get some pow.. after that we skinned up and rode the south face back to the hut for some firn. After a Kaiserschmarrn, we descended back to our cars..
Obertauern might not look like high-alpine area because of the limited heights but it has some serious terrain. When you ride smart and look for the correct expositions you can find some very decent powder days after the dump! And if you don’t know how… hire a guide! The Südwiener Hütte is a charming old hut hidden on a saddle and is a great basecamp for skitouring! Of course Markus of Bergführer Zell – Kaprun is always the man with the plan..