Okay, I'll try to back up my claim now. It's like a ski tour, but you'd better bring crampons and ice axe for the summit couloir. It is fairly long, about 1600 meters up and down (5300 feet). On the approach is a 200 meter long "no slip allowed" traverse above cliffs, really early when the snow is frozen. It's spring, with different slope aspects, so you deal with all manner of breakable crust, firn,
and the rare bit of powder. Ah well, maybe I'm just psyched after a great tour!
Climbing up the Leutascher Dreitorspite
on skis, a rather long 1600 meters up, with a hilariously dense but steep forest skirt to navigate on the way up (a wrong turn made it worse!). Here a skier continues up valley under the Musterstein:
One great view from the summit. If you zoom in on the ridge, you'll see a tiny red bivouac hut. That is the top of the Schüsselkarspitze
, home of some incredible classic rock climbs:
Finally, a view to the "ski depot" below the summit, showing folks booting up the steep access couloir. I'm not much of a skier so I think the 5 hour nap came from the mental buildup of that descent!
There is no substitute for the joy of getting out there, that is for sure...