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Day 2: Skiing in St Anton, Austria

By on December 21, 2009 in Austria

Today was the first day of skiing.

Last night I picked up my skis (€125 for six days), and my lift pass (€230).

Overnight we had 3 – 4 inches (10 cm) of snow in the town and the mountain picked up a lot more.

Things were slightly chaotic at the hotel this morning when the ski groups were being sorted out. The hotel is not supposed to guide skiers around the mountain, but the hotel does lay on a couple of guys to show you the basics. One group left without half the people and one group managed to lose a couple of people up the mountain (they made their own way back).

Conditions up the mountain were cold, around -15&degree;C (and it got colder in the afternoon when the wind got up). Snow conditions were great, lots of fresh snow. It was noticeable that some areas had a significant amount of ice under the snow.

It was also great to see all the new investment in lifts. The main Galzig gondola lift has been replaced with one of the weirdest lifts I have ever seen. It is a sort of cross between an elevator and gondola. You now enter the building at a lower level, you get in the car, and then it is lifted some 10 – 15 ft on to the main cable.

Great conditions at St Anton on the first day

Great conditions at St Anton on the first day

Skiing on the first day at St Anton

Skiing on the first day at St Anton

The main lift from Alpe Rauz, which was a slow and exposed two seater, has been replaced with a high speed, six seater, with heated seat. Very nice.

The other new lift is another gondola up to the Rendl ski area. The new lift is a heated 6 – 8 person bubble that goes from within the town. Again, very nice.

I spent the morning (until around 11 am) skiing the St Christoph runs. All very nice, although there was a little ice under the new snow. Followed by runs downs to Alpe Rauz (not so nice as we had now lost the sun and the light was very flat).

Not something you see every day. Snow conditions on the trails were such that someone rolled a snowmobile.

Skiers helping to roll back a snowmobile

Skiers helping to roll back a snowmobile

I had lunch at Mooserwerts. I had goulash soup, a coke and a beer; the cost was €18.

In the afternoon I headed over to Rendl, which was deserted. Conditions were good, but there was a biting wind.

Excellent hotel tea at the end of the day.

Summary of the first day: good/excellent snow, shame about the light

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