We made our yearly winter holidays again in Mauterndorf, Austria. Luckily in this area of the Alpes there was a lot of snow this year.
Though this winter was much too warm, a couple of weeks ago it was snowing very very heavily in the southern region of Austria. I was surprised because I have never seen so much snow in this skiing area. Especially in the skiing region Katschberg / Aineck there was extremely much snow.
On the picture you can see me in the middle of a famous slope in Katschberg. It is famous for its steepness, and because there were not too many people skiing, it was possible to carve down the hill using the full range of the slope, left to right.
Katchberg is the best skiing area in the region where I grew up. But one day we made a trip to one of the bigger areas reachable within an hour with the car. This time we choose Schladming where the last winter world championship was held. Schladming is great, one of the best skiing areas I ever saw.
Once again you can find me on top of Speiereck. This year I was alone. Last year my brother was with me.
From the end station of the ski escalator it is only about 10 minutes to the top of the mountain. I took my skis to the top to ski down on that back side through deep snow.
On top I made a 360 ° movie from all the mountains you can see from there. The view was great. Double click on the image on the right side to start it.
I have been on top of many of the peaks you can see on this movie. Of course in summer and not in winter. But in winter it is more impressive. Some of the mountains are almost or even more than 3000 meters.
By the way, I have a new MacBook Air with iMovie software to create small movies. the 360 ° movie was done with my iPhone. Click here to see the movie.
Mauterndorf, where I was born, has an impressive castle. In the castle, there is a historical museum and a restaurent. We went there with my parents and my brothers family to have dinner.
You can easily walk there from my parents and brothers house. Its just about 10 minutes because the caste is really nead the center of the village.
When we walked there, it was already heavily snowing, giving the castle a very nice look. In winter, the caslte is decorated with some lights which convinced me to took this foto.
Dinner was also very good and not expensive. You can even have an old “Ritteressen” there. If you order this with a group you will be served from servants dressed in old clothes which were worn at the thime of the knights.
Lungau is the county I was born and grew up. It is in the middle of Austria, in the moutains. There is nothing special. No industry, people are living from farming and some tourism mainly in winter.
I spent a week there with my family end of this year and the first couple of days in the new year 2012. Normally I do only alpin skiing when I am there because the skiing areas are quite good. But this time, I brought my cross country skis with me and did more cross country than alpin.
There is one very nice slope beginning in Mauterndorf, my home village leading through calm wood to the next village and from there even further deep into a valley which is closed in winter for cars and can be accessed only by skis. I shot the picture over there, after it did a lot of snow overnight. Its a very nice slope, very nice.
When we were young and when I was still living in Mauterndorf, the village where I grew up, we often went to Kärnten, which is the state located in the south of Austria.
There are a few lakes and the weather in summer is very warm. We went there for swimming and spent mostly the whole day there though it is only half an hour by car.
This year, I brought my two girls to my partents, to spend some weeks with them and before I returned to Switzerland, I went to Kärnten, together with my brother and his family.
It was like 20 years ago. We went to Wörthersee, which is a very famous lake. There was also a series on TV about a castle hotel located at this lake. The weather was very warm, the water was tremendous warm. I think it had 25 degree. It was a wonderful day. And the girls were very happy.
My brother took two bikes with him and we did a short tour round the lake in the morning. Was also very funny, only 40 kilometers, where you could go as fast a possible. We had one and half an hour.
Every hear, we go for a week to Mauterndorf, the small village in the mountains in Austria, where I was born and grew up. This year, the weather and the snow were very good. There were a few days, when sun was not shining, but even then, we were skiing and had fun.
Our target for this year was, that the younger daughter also learns skiing. For this reason, we sent both girls to a skiing training in the local skiing school. Lia was not convinced, but Zoe joined for a whole day. And after that, she was also able to ski alone. Target reached!
I did skiing every day, for at least 2 hours, and we tested all 3 local skiing areas: Speiereck, Fanningberg and Katschberg. Fantastic skiing areas. Once I even hiked to the top of Speiereck which is 2400 meters altitude together with my brother. And on the same day, we did several skiing tours down Restalm, through deep snow. It was like 20 years ago, when we did this each winter.