Trip Report
Dolomites on skis + St. Anton
Saturday February 10, 2018 12:55pm
I know there are a lot of climbers here on ST like myself that enjoy skiing as much as I do, so here’s a little mountain winter stoke particularly for those stuck in the Sierra this season. Oh well as the old sayings go, “why would you go skiing when you can climb or why would you go climbing when you can go skiing?” Timing is everything and we hit it right in the Dolomites - cold, new and soft. St. Anton, Austria has lots of snow but their storms came in cold and left warm and wet, still a blast albeit firm. Oh the joy to be a mountaineer, Berg Heil !!!

Credit: Charlie D.
Credit: Charlie D.
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Charlie D.
About the Author
Charlie D. is a trad climber from Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra.

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Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Feb 10, 2018 - 02:10pm PT
oh my! Now we're cooking!

Social climber
  Feb 10, 2018 - 02:20pm PT
hey there, say, charlie D... wow!!! this is wonderful!!
thank you for sharing...

so glad you had this great trip!!
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Feb 10, 2018 - 02:20pm PT
Awesome. Makes me wish I had the knees to ski. Ain't the mountains grand?

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
  Feb 10, 2018 - 02:32pm PT
My Hero,way to get after it Charlie!
norm larson

wilson, wyoming
  Feb 10, 2018 - 02:36pm PT
Ok Charlie now I hate you. Or maybe just the fact I wasn’t there with you. Berg heil indeed. Looks like you nailed it. That looks wonderful. Congrats on getting it done!
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Feb 10, 2018 - 05:24pm PT
Yum! That looks great!


Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
  Feb 10, 2018 - 08:46pm PT
Nice Charlie! Thanks for sharing. I'll be there to climb rocks in late June, can't wait :-)

  Feb 10, 2018 - 09:02pm PT
jealous... thanks for sharing some beautiful pics...

Flatlands of Yolo
  Feb 10, 2018 - 09:40pm PT
Me too, nah000...I guess the cure is to go do it. Thanks for the stoke, Charlie!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Feb 10, 2018 - 11:48pm PT
Glorious! Opens my mind for future Christmas visits to the family north of Milan... We typically miss the good climbing weather and do a walk up a snow-clad peak, but we can bring the skis (free on swissair) and slot in a few days side trip :)

Sport climber
  Feb 11, 2018 - 02:24am PT

Awesome place and photography. TFPU!
Happy Cowboy

Social climber
Boz MT
  Feb 11, 2018 - 05:52am PT
Charlie, nice pics, looks fun. Thanks for sharing.
You’re comment on the storm arriving cold then leaving warm always frustrates.
We’re having the opposite effect here in SW Montana, with many storms arriving warm and wet then leaving cold and dry, forming a great snowpack, w’lottsa strong layers and overall @150% of normal water content. The nearest to a “Sierra” density of pack I’ve seen in my 60 years of interior range skiing.

Charlie, give me a call when you visit in March. You still have contact info? Donnie
reallyy big star

Social climber
some, place
  Feb 11, 2018 - 07:04am PT
while you were away
we had extensive drought, charlie.

in fact one morning i was up early
paying homage to mrs. moon
and i watched our eastern sky
flank from my deck-in-the-ditch
and low and behold no sunrise!

instead god stood up, bent over and
presented his hairy arse, hole and
in this western world. i was not
surprised when he farted out
a dry, hot feces-laden wind and
right before my eyes four trees died.

but not me. i still lived, though i got
holy pink eye.

maybe we should scrape our skis on gravel-snow
up in the round-top region, soon.

welcome home charlie, and thank you for
your kind support of my project while your were

Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Feb 11, 2018 - 08:17am PT
Your trip report reminds me of a trip to Corvara my wife and I took on our honeymoon. The place is stunning and, on a sunny summer day, feels like paradise. We met a local working in the little pharmacy who gushed when he learned we were from LA and how much he would love to live there. "I LOVE Santa Monica" and couldn't wait to go back. Go figure.
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
  Feb 11, 2018 - 08:19am PT

Looks like you did both back country and resort skiing?


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Feb 11, 2018 - 08:33am PT
I hate you!
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
  Feb 11, 2018 - 08:52am PT
What a great life! Well done Charlie D!


Trad climber
San Diego
  Feb 11, 2018 - 08:55am PT
awesome TR.. looks like prime conditions!
Off White

Tenino, WA
  Feb 11, 2018 - 07:27pm PT
Fun to see the winter version of the Gardena & Sella Pass areas. Which gondola is that shot looking down?

Mountain climber
  Feb 11, 2018 - 11:17pm PT
Wow, Charlie! Looks incredible.

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Author's Reply  Feb 13, 2018 - 12:27pm PT
Donnie, yes I’ll give you a shout come that first week of March. I hear Bridger has been skiing well with a consistent interval of storms.

Rick, yes we did both on and off piste.....although we didn’t hike or skin much to get the off-piste. The ski descent down the Val De Mizde was the best day ever!!! (Of course).

Off White, that small gondola is the one that goes to the very summit of Valluga (spelling). We skied the north face of the mountain from the summit, a scary side slip down for about 100 feet delivered us to some good skiing on out to Zurs, there is no shortage of ski terrain in the Alberg.....

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Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
  Feb 13, 2018 - 02:15pm PT
Stunning! What a great trip. And an excellent year to do it, unfortunately.

  Feb 13, 2018 - 02:32pm PT


Trad climber
  Feb 15, 2018 - 02:48pm PT
That's the Arlberg, Charlie

Don't forget the R

Credit: RonV
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Author's Reply  Feb 15, 2018 - 07:03pm PT
^^^ha! R as in Ron, fun trip we had eh???

Trad climber
  Feb 15, 2018 - 07:59pm PT
Pow-Pow good.......
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
  Feb 15, 2018 - 10:00pm PT
Killer! Thanks for posting.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Feb 16, 2018 - 04:28pm PT
Looks beautiful ,
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
  Feb 21, 2018 - 08:09am PT
What stunningly beautiful mountains, what great-looking snow, what a wonderful adventure.
Seizing the day, n'est pas?!

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Feb 21, 2018 - 08:25am PT

Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
  Mar 24, 2018 - 09:40pm PT

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