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    FloImSchnee
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    @splitrippin wrote:

    Flo…. it was definitely a down snow year for the Zillertal valley.

    Oh, didn’t realize that. The pictures from the backyard guys’ facebook page looked like they were lucky with snow.

    @splitrippin wrote:

    I think the key to this area is just going back and camping.

    Well, actually, almost nobody does that here. (still I fully understand that it can be an amazing (but cold) experience!)
    One reason is this…
    @splitrippin wrote:

    There’s actually a pretty good hut system in the alps….

    …although many of the huts only open in Feb or March, up then you often can use their so called “winter rooms”. (open, separated compartment of the hut, sometimes possible to heat)

    Still, you can reach most areas with day trips. Not too few people aren’t afraid to hike up to 2000-3000 vertical meters (up to 10,000ft) a day.

    @splitrippin wrote:

    There’s an Austrian national park “Hohe Tauern” That I’m sure has lots of good stuff. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohe_Tauern

    Oh absolutely! There’s a huge number of peaks >3000m that are amazing to ski there. My favourite (so far): Hocharn 3254m.

    This is also where our highest mountain Großglockner (3798m) is located.

    Btw: which I was lucky to splitboard last year… 🙂
    Some pics: http://fotos.mtb-news.de/s/57262

    #666333

    wow. Really looks like we gotta drop by and check that place out. Unfortunately Zillertal is always a bitch of a ride from Innsbruck, but crashing a few days in the Backyard could solve that problem I guess. Nice to hear the personal story behind the place. Should have more of these in Tirol!

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    #666334
    SPLITRIPPIN
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    TeamSPLiT, Funny you posted the day I was going riding here in the midwest with Brian Wolfe. Brian was a huge part of The Backyard at it’s inception. He’s back home here for the holidays.

    Funny thing is…Brian lives in Mayerhofen now with his German wife.

    I miss Austria…I can’t wait to get back!

    When I go back…I want to live at a hut in the mountains when I do. Do you know of any contacts that allow for people to stay at rustic mountain huts for extended periods? I want to be able to establish myself at a base camp up in the alpine. vs. having to depend on a car to get up to a starting point.

    #666335
    FloImSchnee
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    @splitrippin wrote:

    When I go back…I want to live at a hut in the mountains when I do. Do you know of any contacts that allow for people to stay at rustic mountain huts for extended periods?

    Easiest is to go to one of the many catered huts all over the alps.
    Great food, nice guys, great rides.
    E.g. Zufallhütte, Lizumer Hütte, Heidelberger Hütte, Franz-Senn-Hütte, etc etc.

    Or are you only up for self-catered huts?
    (which are available as well, but a lot more fuzz with carrying food for a longer period of time)

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    @splitrippin wrote:

    When I go back…I want to live at a hut in the mountains when I do. Do you know of any contacts that allow for people to stay at rustic mountain huts for extended periods? I want to be able to establish myself at a base camp up in the alpine. vs. having to depend on a car to get up to a starting point.

    Hey SPLITRIPPIN.
    I would agree with the previous post. There are plenty of huts that allow you to stay with them and they provide service. E.g. there are people who run it and you pay each night and can buy served food. Kind of like a guesthouse. Popular ones would be Franz-Senn-Hütte or Ambergerhütte in the Stubai Alps but there are loads of them. Check out this site – it’s in German – but gives somewhat of an idea on names and location: http://www.almenrausch.at/unterkuenfte/skitourenunterkuenfte-am-berg/tirol.html

    Also there are – and i think this is more what you are after – people that rent out little rustic houses in the alps. they come without service and at times dont have electricity. these are way harder to find without knowing people, but often the tourist centres in the villages/valleys will have a list. also you need to book quite in advance. i think that’s fine for a couple of days, but probably difficult to do it for longer than a week. I know there are some in eastern tirol (Osttirol) in Kartitsch, Hintervillgraten and other places, but you can find them anywhere.

    Thirdly, there also exist so called “winter rooms”. those are shelters of alpine huts, which are closed over the winter. sometimes you need to rent a key with the alpine club (alpenverein). they are usually equipped with wood and blankets, but bring a sleeping bag because they are freezing. normally you bring your own food and use the stove to heat and cook, etc. they are the preferred option for two or three day tours, but doubt you’d cope it for much longer. you can see what it’s like on our website here: http://www.team-split.com/the-log/2-tages-tour-zum-stlichen-feuerstein

    I dont really get it. Is Brian the owner of the Backyard?

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