This year winter started perfectly. There was already enough snow beginning of December so that it was possible to do cross country skating in Einsiedeln.
But after Christmas the weather suddenly became so warm that most of the snow was gone within a couple of days: no skiing anymore.
I took the opportunity and used my snow shoes I had bought a couple of years ago and rarely used to walk onto this hill called Spital in the back of Einsiedeln.
The hill or mountain is not hight, barely above timberline and you can start walking in the village. I took a photo from top of the hill. In the background there is lake Sihlsee.
The name of the hill is funny because Spital means in German hospital and you can see the hospital of Einsiedeln from over there.
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.