Thursday, February 18, 2010

Skiing in Austria - Random shots in Lech and Zürs

Ok, since photos speak a 1,000 words, I decided to make this a photo blog entry and just added some captions. This is a long post....just so you´ve been warned.

























Above: A self-taken portrait on the ski lift. After very snowy and cold first 2 days, we had AWESOME weather on the 3rd and 4th day. The 5th day was the coldest and foggiest, during which I could barely see where I was skiing. However, my photos would mainly show the best parts of our trip.

























I just love this scenic shot taken from the ski lift. Love how the white colour of the snow and green colour of the fir trees contrast with the blue skies. One of the precious days when we had great (traumhaft) weather.
 

























That´s the Austrian Alps in the background
Taking a break after skiing at one of the ski huts. Had superby creamy hot chocolate

One of the ski huts where we stopped for lunch.

When the weather is nice and sunny, we can sit outside.....

When the weather is colder, we have to sit indoors.
Clockwise from Top left: Kaiserschmand, an Austrian speciality - Pancake in Apfelmus (Apple jam); Spaghetti Bolognaise; GermKnodel - Some steamed dough in vanilla sauce

























The view of the ski hotels from the restaurant where we ate our lunch. Now can you understand why I lurve skiing??? The views are simply breath-taking!

























I lurve this artistic shot again that captured the sun and a skiier, flanked by the majestic 1450m  (4,75ft) Alps at Lech and 1720m (5,642ft) ones at Zürs. We had a lot of snow too - 210cm at the summit and 100cm down in the villages.
Yup! I skiied down every single slope from the top to the valley! :) All of them were blue slopes but had some VERY steep parts where even Stephan said that if I could ski down those slopes, I could ski down every slope. And yup I certainly did! And what a sense of accomplishment I had after that!

























Of course I was still scared stiff. I had to keep praying that God will keep me alive and claiming verses like "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and whatever came to my mind. I don´t take it for granted that I more than survived skiing without any injuries - ok, my right knee still hurts but that´s just a pulled muscle. We saw a skiier who was injured, wrapped in a yellow suit and waiting for a helicopter.
That is a frozen ice bar. We wanted to take a break there but decided against it since they served nothing but alcoholic drinks and I certainly didn´t need alcohol to make me even more dizzy on the slopes!
Snow-capped summits
A trip isn´t complete without some HKT - Hugging & Kissing Time!
This is the skiing town of Lech, one of the most posh places to ski in Austria. We popped by Swaroski and saw jewels selling for over 1 million Euros!!! Crazy, isn´t it?
Some nice river and buildings in Lech. The typical thing to do after skiing is to hang out at some bar, drink something and sing and dance to "skiing songs" - which are typically oldies or music from the 80´s. I was usually too tired to do anything else at the end of the day.

2 comments:

THE OLD GEEZER said...

WOW!! Your photos look GREAT!!

Have a wonderful weekend.
God bless you and your family,

Mr. and Mrs. Geezer

Pris said...

Thanks Mr. And Mrs. Geezer! (Ron and wife!)

Its amazing how you manage to drop comments on your followers´ blogs. Thanks for being real and encouraging! :)

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