Alpspitze east face, PD- 3.2
Season after season was passing by without me being able to ski off that mountain. In my beginner years it was too steep, later too dangerous and recently simply too crowded. When I go skiing, I prefer to ski in a small and equally skilled group, avoid the masses and ski untracked slopes. Well, skiing the landmark of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is not easy when you insist on all prior demands to be fulfilled the same time.
Yesterday we gave it a try! It’s thursday and normal working day. Weather and avalanche forecast are looking good. First sunny day after some little snowfalls and the most stable snowpack of the season so far. Turns out that I am not the only person capable of easy algebra: Tons of ski-tourers waiting for the “Osterfelder” cable-car to give them a lift. All the more surprising, after the initial rush for the backcountry, we soon find ourself following only two avalanche forecasters in front of us. Everybody else disappears in the wide touring area.