Me and my brother took a long weekend trip to Sankt Anton am Arlberg in Austria. We flew through Munich, but I wanted to ensure that we drove deep enough into the proper Alps to be surrounded by truly majestic mountains while skiing. It was pitch black when we arrived and the the only giveaway that we were heading for the mountains was the winding road. One of the first skiing centers along the way had lights on for their final slope into the village. At first sight the slope could have been mistaken as one of the so called mountains in Finland, but then we spotted faint lights of snow grooming machines further way up into the massive mountains. Clearly we were not in Finland anymore.
I'm glad that we did venture further into the Alps instead of stopping at the centers closer to Munich as the scenery around St. Anton is absolutely mesmerising. It was actually hard to concentrate on snowboarding on the first morning while I had to stop constantly just to let the spectacular mountain views sink in. Then again I didn't mind stopping into various open bars along the slopes.
|Panoramic view from the top of mount Valluga|
|Take notice of the pretty full tray -- both of them -- |
carried by a waiter through the crowd dancing to Tiroler music
One of my friends had visited the same region just a few weeks before and he shared a set of pro tips with me, which I'm happy to share with all of you now. Without somebody telling me, I would have never realized to pack my climbing shoes with me into a skiing trip. There is a decent climbing gym in town next to the railway station. The slopes are closed at 4.30 PM so there is time in the evenings to do other activities -- as if I would have had enough energy to climb after a day of skiing though. Another useful tip was to pack also my swimwear with me. There is a nice swimming hall with outdoor pools in town to help mend aching bones.