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Frank Simon | MPI for Physics | Germany

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Skiing… Finally!

Officially, it has been Winter for quite a while. And while large parts of Europe are suffering from massive snow falls, there has been very little snow in the Alps in western Austria, the region that is easily within reach for a day trip from Munich. Since the new year, it has been quite cold here though, excellent conditions for artificial snow making. So, even with only a rather pitiful natural snow cover (there is way more snow in Hamburg than in Munich at the moment, totally unbelievable!), skiing is now possible. Especially in the bigger resorts with serious infrastructure for snow making… The artificial lakes that are used as water reservoir for the snow makers are as empty as I’ve ever seen them, though.
Ready for skiing.

Ready for skiing.

Well, a friend and I took advantage of a holiday in southern Germany on Wednesday to head to the “Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser”, the biggest interconnected ski area in Austria, 90 minutes drive from our place. We set out early in the morning at 7, brutal for a holiday, in somewhat uncertain weather conditions. It was a great day, though, no sunshine but good visibility and decent snow conditions, a good (but very late) start into the skiing season. The resort even allows you to track your ski day through the area online, using the lift ticket that is logged at every lift base station. Even with two longer breaks (no point pushing the limit on the first day of the season), we accumulated more than 8 vertical kilometers… After a break of more than 9 months, it is nice to be skiing again!
I hope that the ski addicts among you will also have quite a few enjoyable days on the slopes this season!
Our path through the ski area, with a total of 8340 vertical meters covered during the day.

Our path through the ski area, with a total of 8340 vertical meters covered during the day.

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