** Many of the photos in this post were damaged when I downloaded them off my phone, some may rotate upsidedown or sideways when opened becasue the thumbnail size (in the post) is oriented differently then the original image (double clicked), Sorry**
Lastweekend Heidi and I decided to go skiing... Well, actually, it wasn't the first time we decided to go skiing but the first time that there was enough snow to go on a ski tour.
Because of several reasons, like not knowing the area well, or know how to read german guidebooks, or not having a car to get to some of the locations, we signed up for group trips.
The group trips are awesome, and I hope we can go on more soon!
So here is how the day went:
After pondering over the initial group Email, google maps and other internet sites, and then Heidi asking her German teacher, and a few bus maps, we figured out that the meeting location was at a grocery store parking lot in south salzburg and that there was a bus that went right there.
At 7:30am, when we had walked around the shopping area a few times, and had no idea where anyone was, Heidi called the Leader, and we found out that there are two of these grocery stores, on the same street, and that the correct one is 10 min further south... Oops.
But, he said that they would wait, and because no busses would be there any time soon, we resorted to a cab ride.
Then, after an hour carpool to the start, we geared up and started going!
I rode in the car with one of the guys, we had great conversation about everything from skiing to school to politics and lots in between, both Austrian and American.
There were two guys, both of which were guides (only one was the leader for the days trip) and two other girls, and it seemed to be a pretty good dynamic, everyone was interested in the two americans coming on the tour and we were both interested in them as well!
As we skinned up, we all enjoyed the sun coming out as well as each others company.
(also, a note on ski touring: Ski touring is what is done usually outside of a ski resort, in the backcountry. Using special bindings that allow the heal to be lifted (like a cross country ski) and skins (fabric that kicks to the bottom and has tinny one-directional hair) that allow the ski to slide forward but grip the snow to allow the skier to step forward. The touring bindings are then locked into place and the skins removed at the top and then you ski down!)
Above and below are a few pictures while skinning up the mountain (it is at a pace similar to hiking or walking).
It was so beautiful, and even though we were at a relatively popular location (see all the curvy lines in the snow where people have skied down) we still knew that the snow was good and that there was still some fresh powder left.
Once at the top, layers were put on and sandwiches were eaten. (going uphill is a lot of work and is usually done with less layers, and even then you still get a bit sweaty.. then when at the top and going back down, you have to layer up so the sweat doesn't freeze and you don't get too cold)
Then, after 5 or 10 minutes, we got ready and started the best part, the ski down.
Heidi and one of he other women (catarina?) about half way down smiling:
It was soon much fun, one of the best days I have had on Telemark skis, the powder, especially up higher was so cold and dry and fluffy! I enjoyed such great and flowwy turns!
Soon, we were back at the bottom of the valley, after maybe (i don't know) 2 hours going up and then maybe 30 minuets down. All in all it was a great day out skiing!
Until next time, Peace!
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