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Not a nice morning, cool, damp and murky.

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On 8/10/2017 at 19:37, carinthian said:

Angela, think you are getting hooked with the snow , mountain thing. Like checking out mountain top web cams in the summer!  I love snow and stare skywards for hours on end waiting for it to arrive when the season starts.

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You say that as if there is something wrong with it! I am the head and sole member of the Snow Saddos Association, webcam watching all year! Lordi Square in Finland, Spitzbergen in Svalbard, Iceland, Les Arcs, Jungfrau, Planai, Scottish ski resorts, basically anywhere with a webcam, especially a livecam, where snow and mountains might be - these tabs are open on my browser all year round! Lauberhorn still has a light covering of snow this morning while Edelwiesspitze is all foggy, in common with Les Arcs earlier this week where the walkers were beating their way through murk and drizzle for a morning or two. Perhaps it's time for a new job!

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1 hour ago, Reefseeker said:

You say that as if there is something wrong with it! I am the head and sole member of the Snow Saddos Association, webcam watching all year! Lordi Square in Finland, Spitzbergen in Svalbard, Iceland, Les Arcs, Jungfrau, Planai, Scottish ski resorts, basically anywhere with a webcam, especially a livecam, where snow and mountains might be - these tabs are open on my browser all year round! Lauberhorn still has a light covering of snow this morning while Edelwiesspitze is all foggy, in common with Les Arcs earlier this week where the walkers were beating their way through murk and drizzle for a morning or two. Perhaps it's time for a new job!

This picture just for you Angela to get your snow fix.Taken two years ago in one of my favourire places located off the back runs from Katschberg Mountain towards the Pollatal Valley and Rot Gulden Mountain in the backround. Would love to build a chalet right in this location but its preserved , pristine and eco . Its fairly easy off piste ski-ing to get there and very walkable from Katschberg or from St Peters village. Its wonderland in thick snow.  Looking to get back to this region soon.

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The sun makes a welcome return after a spell of dull cool weather. Looks like been a lovely warm day in the Tirol.

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1 hour ago, carinthian said:

The sun makes a welcome return after a spell of dull cool weather. Looks like been a lovely warm day in the Tirol.

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One thing I noticed on my trip to Katschberg, the number of houses and buildings totally covered in solar panels, they are so far advanced compared to the UK.

I mention this as I can see one roof covered in  this pic above.

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9 minutes ago, seaside 60 said:

One thing I noticed on my trip to Katschberg, the number of houses and buildings totally covered in solar panels, they are so far advanced compared to the UK.

I mention this as I can see one roof covered in  this pic above.

Yes, thats on the Hotel Wiederbergerhorn , my local. Not so many here as the village is old and of heritage status and can be only applied to new extentions or new build and planning is very strict. However, not in Katschberg, as it for the most part a purpose built ski resort and the local state Karten is very progressive in building modernisation (ie ) The hotel you stayed in and the next door Edel and Wiess cone building. I remember the Stampl Bar as all traditional wood feature , but now a ultra modern bar with all the gradgets. The Tirol on the other hand is very conservative and traditional and likes preservation.

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3 hours ago, carinthian said:

Yes, thats on the Hotel Wiederbergerhorn , my local. Not so many here as the village is old and of heritage status and can be only applied to new extentions or new build and planning is very strict. However, not in Katschberg, as it for the most part a purpose built ski resort and the local state Karten is very progressive in building modernisation (ie ) The hotel you stayed in and the next door Edel and Wiess cone building. I remember the Stampl Bar as all traditional wood feature , but now a ultra modern bar with all the gradgets. The Tirol on the other hand is very conservative and traditional and likes preservation.

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It was very noticeable driving up and back on the motorway to and from the airport.

Many of the villages by the road in the valleys were very into it, some villages it seemed to be over 50% of the roofs, I was amazed but not just a few panels as I mentioned above the whole roof.

Makes you wonder why this country is often so far behind.

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Nice day on the local mountain . Warm sunshine and clear blue sky. Plenty of walkers making their way to the top and also bike riders who climb the summit then bike all the way down to the village . Crazy !

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Interesting article in a recent edition of 'Telegraph Ski and Snowboard' magazine giving their verdict on the best Austrian ski resorts to visit. And the intro to their Top 10 run-down is something we've discussed over in the Worldwide Mountain & Snow Sports forum, i.e. France has become rather expensive and us Brits are turning back to Austria.

The best ski resorts in Austria
Austria now represents better value for money than the most popular resorts of the French Alps. Everything from basic holiday costs to lift passes, ski school, eating out and partying usually costs less. Moreover, the standard of service is higher in Austria, the welcome is warmer, and lift systems are no less sophisticated.

Full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/Best-Austrian-ski-resorts/?WT.mc_id=e_DM522272&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Ski_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Ski_New_2017_08_14&utm_campaign=DM522272

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1 hour ago, Blessed Weather said:

Interesting article in a recent edition of 'Telegraph Ski and Snowboard' magazine giving their verdict on the best Austrian ski resorts to visit. And the intro to their Top 10 run-down is something we've discussed over in the Worldwide Mountain & Snow Sports forum, i.e. France has become rather expensive and us Brits are turning back to Austria.

The best ski resorts in Austria
Austria now represents better value for money than the most popular resorts of the French Alps. Everything from basic holiday costs to lift passes, ski school, eating out and partying usually costs less. Moreover, the standard of service is higher in Austria, the welcome is warmer, and lift systems are no less sophisticated.

Full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/Best-Austrian-ski-resorts/?WT.mc_id=e_DM522272&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Ski_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Ski_New_2017_08_14&utm_campaign=DM522272

Hi Malcolm, interesting top 10. Not sure my choice but everyone has a differing view. Yes, I would say Austria meets a lot of todays skiers requirements you have listed. I have noticed prices have even lowered in some Austrian resorts and certainly food and drink offers some of the best value with service included in the whole world. Canada and USA, Nordic resorts can learn a lesson for value for money offered in Austrian ski resorts. The decline in French visitors to their own resorts is a reflection of their increased seasonal costs. Without doubt Austria provides a very happy welcome to its English clientele, who in return remain very loyal.  A pint of super nice local lager in my local is probabaly cheaper than some pubs in England and most mountain huts offer good ski fodder at around 10 euros. I say to many get yourself over here and enjoy this fantastic country, summer or winter as the scenery is wonderful in the moutains.

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Nice warm sunny start to the day with a light wind. 24c max expected today in the valley. Hotting up again over the border in Italy, already 29c in some Alpine locations at 0900hours.

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