Saalbach Ski Resort – Days 11 and 12

The Saalbach ski resort is now a very large resort.

Sue on the hill in Saalbach.

Today we skied the Saalbach Ski Resort for our final day of skiing in Europe.  This last year they put in new lifts that connect 3 resorts into one – and it is now very large, with tons of terrain. The 3 resorts it combined were Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbraun.

The resort looks great, but the snow was lacking.   There was only on piste skiing and the snow was very loose and spring-like. Fun to ski – but we sort of ached for some of that great terrain with some deep poo on it.  Alas, it was not to be had on this trip. Too bad, so sad.

We went to Bro and Bob’s favorite hutte in all of the Alps Read More…

Skiing Kitzbuhel – Days 8,9,10

Skiing Kitzbuhel above a beautiful village.

Looking down on Kitzbuhel from the gondola.

Spent the last 3 days skiing Kitzbuhel and having a really good time.  I’ve fallen behind on doing my blog posts, and I don’t really have a good reason for that, but I’m sure it’s my brothers fault. I mean, I know it’s not my fault – so it must be his fault – right?  Only stands to reason as far as I can see.

All three days have been very warm and we even got rained on the first day we skied here. The snow has been good after it softens up mid-morning – fast and easy to carve on.  The second day we were out, they had groomed the runs while the snow was soft and then it froze solid.  It Read More…

St Johann Ski Resort – Day 7

St Johann ski resort has great views all around it.

That’s the Wilder Kaiser in the background.

Today we skied at a small resort that is real close to our hotel.  The resort is called St Johann ski resort and we grabbed our skis and walked across the parking let and jumped on the gondola.  Sweet, let me tell you.

We headed to the top and took in some outstanding views of the Wilder Kaiser, which is a great rock that dominates the landscape.  We soaked it in and then cruised off to one side of the resort, hoping to find some un-cut poo.  We found some stuff that looked pretty good, but it was chopped up crud that was less than good.  We dreamed we were cutting up the deep and wonderful, but the jarring and deep ditches we had to avoid slapped us back to reality – this was not the poo we were looking for. Read More…

Kitzbuhler Alpen Arrival

Heading toward the Kitzbuhler Alpen was very scenic.

Some of the mountain scenery we saw today.

Today we left Corvara and drove to the Kitzbuhler Alpen, which is our hotel in Oberndorf Austria.  This will be our take off point for the resorts that we are going to be skiing in Austria.  I will be reporting on our trips that we take in this area over the next 6 days – so stay tuned for all the adventures.

Not much to report on today.  Drove over 4 hours to get here from Corvara and saw some great scenery. It was interesting as at the start of our trip we drove through several villages that we had skied to doing the routes around the Sella Ronda and on our James Bond ski run day.  It actually took us longer to get to these villages in the car then it took us to get there when we were skiing. The road curves all over the place, but the lifts take you in a far more direct route over the mountain and then you ski right down. Skiing is the way to get around in these mountains in the winter for sure. Read More…

Colfosco Ski Resort – Day 6

More unique views at the Colfosco ski resort.

Colfosco was a great place to ski.

Today was our last day skiing Italy, so we took an easy day and skied the Colfosco Ski Resort. It is a small resort whose runs were all in the sunshine – so we cruised the slopes and enjoyed the sun.  We stopped at a hutte at the top of one of the runs, had lunch, enjoyed the sunshine and the magnificent views of the surrounding rocks that towered above us. Really great to say the least.

Once done with lunch, we headed back over to Corvara, and half of the Poo crew quit, but Sue, Jim and I forged on. We headed over to a place called Pralongia, which was accessed by a gondola or two and a few lifts.  We had not skied this region of the larger area here, so we had to get it in.  We certainly have not skied all that is Read More…

James Bond Ski Run – Day 5

We found this on our way to the James Bond ski run.

Jimmy’s Hutte on our way to Ortisi.

Today we headed over to do a run known as the James Bond ski run.  Bond skied it in the movie “Live and Let Die” and it was filmed above the town of Ortisi.  The run, named Secada, is off the backside and it is over 7 miles long from top to bottom.  We left Corvara and headed over several ridges, taking gondolas and lifts out of the valleys we had to ski into.  One of the ridges we went over had a Hutte on top named Jimmy’s Hutte.  We didn’t stop there, but we had to take a picture – as Jimmy is one of the Poo crew.

We kept cruising and once we were in the Ortisi valley, we took a train that went underground for quite a ways before letting us out near the lifts.  We headed to the Read More…

Marmolada Adventure- Day 4

A little side trip on our route to the Marmolada.

The rocks go all around you here at the Boe’.

Today we did a trip to the Marmolada, which is the highest peak in the Dolomites. On our way there we took a side trip to go to a place known as the Boe’. Once up there, you are really surrounded by rocks at the top and it’s really cool. We had to see it, and once we did, we continued on our trip to the Marmolada.

To get there, you have to ski over several ridges and then down into a deep valley to catch the trams that take you to the top.  It’s almost 6000 feet from the bottom of the valley to the top, and it takes 3 different trams to get you there. This adventure reminded me of a poem I wrote one time, after listening to my Bro Steve tell me about his adventures while skiing here in Europe.  One of the lines of the poem is something like “you have to take a tram, chair and Poma to get to the top of that momma.”  You can read the poem from an earlier post by going here. Read More…

Sella Ronda Orange Route – Day 3

Sella Ronda Orange route had unique views.

Jim on top, taking in the views

We did the Sella Ronda Orange route today, which is going around the Sella massif in the clockwise direction. This direction is longer and more challenging then the Green route. The views are different as well, and there are some spectacular ones for sure.

We took it easy and enjoyed the views and the runs, which were all hard packed with some patches of ice randomly mixed in. (one of my least favorite conditions to ski)  The coverage on these runs is really quite good with what little natural snow that has fallen. It was sunny and still cold but the bright sun brought the pilgrims out in droves!! It was really crowded in a number of areas, and we were playing dodge the pilgrim throughout the day. We are getting very adept at this, as  it has been Read More…

Pralongia Ski Area – Day 2

Heading out to the Pralongia Ski area for the day.

The Poo Crew – Bro, Bob, Steve, Jim and Sue.

We skied in the Pralongia Ski area above Corvara today for our second day in Europe.  It was clear and sunny, but again very cold.  The area we skied in was in the sun all day and it brought the “fair weather pilgrims” out in volume.  This lead to several incidents where Steve Kinney and Sue almost got taken out by blazing pilgrims. It would not have been pretty, but we thankfully avoided any disasters.

We had our full Corvara compliment of the Poo crew today.  This crew consists of Steve Hamilton (aka Bro – the happy target of most of my jibs), Bob Spidel,  Steve Kenney, Jim Brunson, Sue Hamilton and your Honorable scribe – Mark Hamilton. Read More…

Corvara Ice Station Zebra

Corvara Ice station zebra was quite an adventure.

Bob and Sue on our first Gondola Ride.

We skied our first day in Europe today and had a great time. We skied around the Sella Ronda, doing the green route, which is the counter-clockwise direction.  You had to stay on piste, as there is not enough snow to go anywhere else. The snow was hard but they’ve made snow regularly, so it was very easy to ski. The views were spectacular, changing as you went over each ridge, but let me tell you, it was eye-freezing cold.  The sun was out most of the time, but the title Corvara Ice Station Zebra very aptly describes the adventure. Everyone was fully fluffied up except Bro Steve,as of course he’s too tough to care.  I assure you though that he participated in the whimpering and whining that went  on in the bottom of some of those ravines. Read More…