|Powder skiing with John
in Samnaun / Ischgl January 2001.
This year the snow came very late. After
the first trip in the beginning of December 2000 it took about
a month before the next powder fell from heaven. It finally
came after the Christmas and new year. We couldn't resist this
and had to drive the well known road to the Alps again. Despite
the interest from several (ski) friends we ended up in the car
with just the two of us (John, my Paraski
teammate, and myself). It was well worth it!
During the drive down we checked the snow
conditions on the Internet with my laptop (connected to a mobile
phone). This was a good idea because our original goal Saalbach/Hinterglem
had not enough fresh snow. We changed our plan and drove to
Garmisch Partenkirchen instead. Although there was fresh snow
it was not enough to make off-piste trips so we headed for the
Stubaier Gletcher in Austria. A good decision, snow to our knees
and virgin descents. The next day, very early in the morning,
we followed the snow and arrived in Samnaun Switzerland where
the resort is recently connected to Austrian Ischgl. Here we
found virgin snow again and because of the very low temperatures
(-15 to - 20 ° C on the slopes) we were able to ski couloirs
that normally could not be skied. The snow was to good to be
true, not very much but enough to ski all day with only one
pit-stop of 15 min. Being with just two means more descents
and much more kilometers.
We originally had planned to do some
giant slalom training for the Paraski competitions but the fresh
snow was to teasing for us and we found ourselves off-piste again
but we didn't regret.