Feb 1, 2012

Austrian Ski Weekend: The Final Frontier

Gear is out...ready to start our 2nd full day of skiing the Alps!


Since we had finally got our bearings after mistakenly skiing down one too many "red" runs the day before (Austrian ski maps are awfully hard to decipher), we took a different gondola up to the opposite side of the mountain to hit up some moderate "blue" runs. Lucky for us, these runs were almost deserted, making for some very leisurely skiing. Only downside was that this particular side of the mountain was mostly shaded all morning, resulting in two frozen people popsicles by the end of the run. 
I've never felt cold like that in my life.


I promise there's a person in under all that gear. You can see how shaded the run was really well in this photo.


I adore this photo. Colombia should recruit us for their ads. 
I mean, c'mon. We're catalog ready!


After a few good runs, it was time to thaw out and refuel. We stopped at a different mountain top lodge for lunch this day. I swear, that's one awesome thing about skiing in Austria...there were places to stop and eat at the end of practically every run! The food here happened to be pretty stellar too. This yummy treat is a Baguette Diabolo...the Austrian version of an arrabiata pizza. After we ate, it was back out for some last minute runs!


When our calves were shot and we could no longer take the frigid cold, we settled in with a steaming cup of Glühwein at our favorite mountain top bar. Couldn't think of a better way to end another epic day on the slopes.


As the sun set on our last day in beautiful Austria, we geared up for one last night of fun and games with the Siegi Tours staff! First up, Austria Ice Curling! Did I mention it was cold as balls that night? A cold, crippling -15°C (5°F for all us Americans). Glühwein was essential, and I wasn't complaining! Check out my game face!


Now, this kind of ice curling doesn't look exactly like the same kind of ice curling you've seen during the winter Olympics. There are no brushes, no fancy sliding shoes, and no polished curling stones. But, the basic premise of the game is still the same. You slide a curling pin down the curling alley and try to land on the most points possible. Instead of the point rings being visible under the ice, you score points by sliding the curling pin underneath a bar that has numbered metal flags hanging off of it. Whatever number the top of the curling pin hits, that's how many points you earned for that curl. You get three curls and then you combine the points earned from each curl for your total score. Whoever has the highest score, wins!


So yeah, my hubby tied for 1st in ice curling. Lord only knows how it happened, but D was sure happy it did! He even scored a trophy. 


And then he had himself a victory drink out of it. 
That's my boy!


I, on the other hand, rewarded myself with a warm cup of hot cocoa with a shot of Bailey's. Umm, drool. I will never look at hot chocolate the same. 


As sad as it was, our time in snowy Austria had to come to an end. I didn't want to leave and return to the gloomy, snowless hills of Germany, but seriously, life could be worse. We had a fabulous time and I'd recommend skiing the Alps...especially with Siegi Tours...to everyone. It was the experience of a lifetime! I absolutely cannot wait till next year!

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had an amazing time!! I'm not a skiier at all, but I could totally get behind the apres-ski and other extracurriculars :) I think Austria is one of the most beautiful examples of the perfection of nature I have ever seen.

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  2. you look great, we love to ski but not this year with baby. The trauma nurse in me wants to say, get a helmet, though :)

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  3. I'm glad you had a wonderful time in Austria! I still need to watch that video of your hubby singing! :)

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