The winter began in Paznaun, as in all of western Austria, with spectacular snowfalls. Too early in the year? No – as a look at the Ischgl village chronicle shows. 14 SEPTEMBER 1695
It snowed so heavily that the farmers couldn’t bring in the aftergrass and in Upper Paznaun they couldn’t harvest the crops. The result was famine and emigration. 10 FEBRUARY 1710
The winter was over. The grass was sprouting. The goats were sent out onto the pasture. 1 AUGUST 1718
The summer had come early. At the beginning of August the beans were ripe and the crops were harvested. 1 JANUARY 1724
The winter still hadn’t arrived – and it didn’t want to come at all any more. The farmers had to carry wood and crops into the valley on their backs instead of on sledges. via GIPHY 3 JULY 1729
On the other hand, the winter this year came in style. It just didn’t want to go. The cattle could only be driven onto the mountain pasture in July. 25 JULY 1772
The winter was exceptionally hard. Butter was churned for the first time on the mountain pasture on 25July. 15 AUGUST 1816
The summer didn’t want to get going. The harvest was poor. There was famine in Paznaun. 22 JULY 1836
Very heavy snow fell in the middle of July. The cattle had to be driven down from the high pastures as an emergency measure. 30 JULY 1954
The snow came again out of season. Caught unawares by the snow on the mountain pasture, the cattle had to be brought back down. 20 SEPTEMBER 1974
It began to snow so heavily that the snow didn’t melt even down in the valley. Seichlers Zischga, at the age of 98 then the oldest resident of Paznaun, commented, “Not even an old man can remember weather as bad as this.” 1 AUGUST 1981
The celebrations planned for the fiftieth anniversary of the Niederelbe Hut were cancelled – a metre of snow had fallen in August. 30 AUGUST 1995
It snowed so heavily at the end of August that the animals had to be driven down from the pastures. The alpine paths were cleared with snow ploughs.