December camping in Tirol | Spot quest

New winter, new adventure. After many years in Valais, Switzerland, I finally packed my bags to start a new journey. Direction: Tirol, Austria.

The past few winters I often crossed the Austrian border to compete on the FWQ or to go on a shooting mission. Every time I came back with the wish to discover more. So here we are, on the dawn of the year 2016 looking for a spot to establish my basecamp.

I started the road together with Mirte van Dijk. A tent and a snowboard in the back of the car, ready to face the cold winter. Our first impression when we pitched the tent was that winter hadn’t really arrived yet. Our winter camping pictures became spring holiday souvenirs. We were the only tent people of every camping we visited, which gave us a taste of adventure. Pitching a The North Face Expedition tent on fresh grass is kind of disturbing.

Camping Tirol

The mission was to discover new places. Every day a new resort, starting with Nauders, Kaunertal glacier, Serfaus/Fiss/Ladis, Axamer-Lizum, Stubai glacier… Amazed to see the poor snow conditions for sure, but also impressed to see how the resorts managed to keep the few white gold they got. Even if the snow wasn’t at his best, it was nice to finally start this winter and get the snowboard feeling again. Just having fun on slope while training our carving and our grass riding techniques.

Eventually we had to go higher, to see how the glacier coped with this shy winter. Direction Sölden. I was more familiar with the Ötztal valley cause of the 2014 and 2015 Taste Snowboard Magazine test week. The « peak of Tirol » respected his reputation of mega ski-resort. Nearly all the infrastructures were open and the slopes were in a pretty good state. Even if freeriding wasn’t still a option, it is always good to look at the backdrop of this area and the freeride opportunities it offers.


It became clear that I need to be close by this resort, but even if my love of freeriding is strong, I am still not ready to support Austrian music in après-ski. I love your mountain but not your party. Luckily Tirol is full of unknown ski resorts, little diamonds which offer great freeriding and the calm I am looking for. One resort came out of my research: Kühtai. Close and far enough from both Sölden and Innsbruck. This area offers a big variety of terrain with the backcountry area over the Finstertal dam and the tree runs of the ski region Hochoetz. Yes, it seems that I found my spot.

I unpacked my bags in a lost pension between Innsbruck & Kuhtai called Zirmbachalm, a bus away from all the resorts. A new base for the year 2016, I’m in the Alps again and winter is on his way. I finally got my first face shot the first one of a long serie to come, here in Kühtai, Tirol.

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