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Thursday January 12, 2012 - Email this article to a friend

The trouble is this one tells the wrong one. It has been doing the rounds in the past few days and many seem to think it is the road to St Anton in Austria. The Daily Mail claimed it as the access road to Ischgl. It isn't either.

It is though an amazing photo and it is a true one. No photoshop here.

On Facebook and elsewhere people say it is the access road to St Anton after all the snowfall of the past few days.

It has gone viral.

The Daily Mail this week claimed it was the road to Ischgl though the paper, along with others, has been getting a few things a bit wide of the mark this winter in its ski reporting.

The dramatic photo of snow in the Austrian Alps seems to good to be true.

And, er, it is.

Once you see that there is no powder snow on the trees and the snow looks a little compacted. Hardly the stuff of a recent heavy snowfall.

Also the cars are driving on the left and they tend to occupy the other side of the road in Austria.

Here at PlanetSKI we remember seeing it last year where it was described as an scenic mountain road in Japan. Which it is.

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Other ski web sites are questioning where it is including our good friends over at welove2ski.

It is The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route between Toyana and Nagono in Japan and is a 37km winter tourist route where people take trams, buses, furnicular railways and even do a bit of walking.

Hence the number of tourists staring at the snow in the photo below.

It opened on June 1st 1971 and takes about 5 hours to complete.

It goes up to 3,000m and the snow is 20m deep in places.

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Tourist attractionCameras out











If you want to see how the route is made then check out the video below.

It is quite an achievement.

But it isn't the Austrian Alps!

For the spirit of the mountains

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