It was supposed to be a perfect weekend foray: 6am flight to Salzburg out of Tegel on Saturday, 9pm return flight on Sunday.
I was feeling a bit uneasy though. The first 2 weeks of January have been very, very snowy, and roads in Austria were being closed down due to avalanche danger.
The first alarm went off when the driver of the bus 260 heading to Zell am See from Salzburg Airport said that the road was closed and he’d only drive half way, to Lofer. I already considered Lofer as a backup option after finding a post by these Czech freeriders, so I decided, why not. It is only 50km away from Salzburg, at not too high an elevation, so I deemed it a safe choice.
When we arrived, I quickly booked a room in a nearby hotel, and at 11am I was already buying the ski pass.
The visibility was limited on both days as the snow kept falling, turning into rain at lower elevations, and some lifts were closed, but I found a few cool spots and lines anyway. There are some nice drops reachable from the lift called Schwarzeck, and 1-2 other off-piste runs.
Generally, everything went as expected until the Sunday evening.
At 6pm, I was standing at the bus stop with my stuff neatly packed, picturing a shower and soft bed and expecting to be home well before midnight.
But the bus just didn’t come. Local guys waiting with me quickly found out that the road to Salzburg also got closed. In fact, all 3 roads connecting Lofer to the outside world were “gesperrt”…
Useful link: ÖAMTC Verkehrsservice – pretty accurate info on road conditions in Austria.
Another service that I used, ÖBB routes and tickets, is not reliable when it comes to road closures. Their timetables app is called Scotty, and believe me, Scotty doesn’t know!
Long story short, I was able to get out only on Wednesday after 2 quite boring days! Lofer is a small town that doesn’t offer much entertainment. And I couldn’t even snowboard because of the bad weather.
Well, that was a trip to remember anyway.
And those Eurowings flights are super convenient (also, Eurowings carry the ski equipment for free), so we’ll definitely do it again — properly this time!