Being crafty ski mountaineers, the locals I ski with here don’t go for much super-alpine terrain in midwinter, as the weather and avalanche danger up high makes it tough to put together a quality excursion. But get a string of bluebird like we’ve been having, combined with stable yet still skiable snow, and look what happens.
The Alps march higher south of where I’m staying in Austria, crested by a vast area of alpine terrain that eventually pushes into the Dolomites. Reminded me much of the Colorado Plateau when you get up on the Continental Divide and everywhere you look is a vast array of alpine peaks. Only here you’ve even got glaciers hanging all over the place. Too many ski lifts in some areas, but this zone is special as it is more undeveloped.