Ok so it has been a very long time since I have posted any type of blog activity so apologies, although I doubt many of you are heart broken! The observant among you will have noticed that the season is upon us. Santa is waxing his board, the reindeers are tightening their bindings and the elfs are looking frantically for their xxxs snow pants! Yes I am officially a happy bunny once again, the powder is back…and I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and New Years!
I find myself composing this entry on the train from innsbruck (austria) to the capital vienna. As I sit in my cabin watching Salzburg fly off into the distance whilst listening to the ever brilliant new Slash album, I can’t help but think of the amazing session that I had two days prior. Innsbruck, the two times Winter Olympics host, was home for the last 4 days and what a home it was! With it’s winter markets, a love of christmas and it’s unrivalled passion for all things winter sports, I along with my beautiful girlfriend fell in love.
Unfortunately due to timing issues we were only able to visit one of the many resorts although there is a lot of choice. Which you choose is very dependant on your riding ability and confidence. As we were only able to give ourselves one day riding we chose the highly recommended Schlick 2000. With looping blues through the forests and the occasional challenging reds that make the heart beat that little bit faster Schlick is perfect for most levels. This particular selection of pistes are surrounded by some of the most beautiful woodland scenery I have had the privilege of seeing let alone riding through. On a good day the powder is virtually like riding through clouds, no matter how deep it becomes you will come out the other side.
One particular personal highlight was finding small secluded forest runs running parallel to the main piste. Having to keep the board forward, creating speed in such a narrow space and hitting challenging kickers made this day spectacular!
In other winter related news innbruck is also home of the Olympic bobsleigh run! Of course we had a go!
With a lucky egg in hand, green black and yellow Lycra suits on and a shit load of fear we headed down the 1km run at a terrifying top speed of 120kph (74.56mph) !!! Now as a general rule I don’t allow a large austrian fellow to sit between my legs but I can tell you now half way down I was bloody glad he was there and to be honest I was tempted to wrap my arms around him as opposed to the bars in the bobsleigh! The pressure coming from above, below, the sides and the corners was like nothing I had ever felt before, due to this I decided to give up my feeble attempts to look at what was going on! The journey was over in an astonishing 58 seconds although I swear to god it was only around 10 seconds!
I will touch on this in a later blog but innsbruck is also the home of the largest Burton store in Europe and is the main headquarters of the Europe branch. Needless to say I felt like I had come home…maybe one day.
A quick but well deserved mention for Hotel Mondschein Innsbruck this best western hotel apart from being beautiful in a fantastic location, the staff here were the best, most informative and helpful people I have ever met. 5 star.