That evening we drove slowly home, sleeping again in the car along the way.
This weekend we collect a big campervan, load it with 6 snowboards, 3 pairs of boots, a pair of skis, a couple of sets of bindings, German beer, topo maps, loads of mountain related gear, myself, Mio and a dog. We then head off for 3 full weeks of back country touring - starting in Austria and working our way to Chamonix through Italy then back via Switzerland. Pretty good timing considering that the snow depth in most areas doubled in the last two weeks and stabilised with isothermal conditions. Then, in the last day alone, between 30 and 50cm has come down. In Austria it fell as reasonably warm and sticky snow which will set-up a slightly more stable interface for what is forecast to follow in the next three days: 50-100cm of -15C powder. And we have a campervan!
Yesterday we used the kitchen table to wax and tune all 6 boards. It took hours.
From the sporadically reliable snow-forecast model: