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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.

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