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post #1 of 26
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Carrying on from CerebralVortex's situation, I've just had to cancel my two week trip to Galtür over Christmas and New Years. Starting a new job on Monday (I tried to negotiate a January start date, but that wasn't possible) makes taking two weeks vacation in December impossible, and screws up my ski season more generally. Hopefully it will pay dividends down the line, though.

post #2 of 26

Any chance of finishing the old job a couple of weeks early? You might be able to sneak in an early-season trip before starting the new job.

 

Congrats and commiserations at the same time.

post #3 of 26

Since you are in Berlin it would be possible to have a quick weekend getaway in Sweden, Norway or Finland. I took a few quick trips to Cairngorm and one to Åre to get my skiing fix while working temporarily in Edinburgh.  Beats waiting for a proper ski vacation to put the boards to the snow. 

post #4 of 26
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The new job started immediately, as in I'm already working, so sadly no time to squeeze something in.

 

My season will be made up of weekend cross-country trips to the mountains nearby (they're great for nordic skiing when there is enough snow, but pretty much a waste of time for downhill skiing). A weekend trip to Sweden, Norway, or Finland is no closer than one to the alps south of Munich. I may end up doing one or two of those, and maybe Easter in Engelberg. But for the most part I won't be skiing much this year.

 

Poor me. I guess I'll have to try to make up for it next winter.

post #5 of 26

My significant other has just informed me that there is no longer a direct flight from Berlin to Ostersund. So much for speedy convenience

 

Well, at least you are in the north where the X-C is better.

post #6 of 26

Good news bad new but guess it's all good.  I had a 2.5 day trip from USA to St. Anton, but USAir just told me they canceled my flight home and I be staying an extra day and skiing 3.5 days.  Now i have enough time to ski a day at Lech/Zurs, cool!  Maybe I'll see a movie star?

post #7 of 26


Absolutly green with envy biggrin.gif, I always got stuck in Newark or Phili....

 

 

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Good news bad new but guess it's all good.  I had a 2.5 day trip from USA to St. Anton, but USAir just told me they canceled my flight home and I be staying an extra day and skiing 3.5 days.  Now i have enough time to ski a day at Lech/Zurs, cool!  Maybe I'll see a movie star?

post #8 of 26
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Good news bad new but guess it's all good.  I had a 2.5 day trip from USA to St. Anton, but USAir just told me they canceled my flight home and I be staying an extra day and skiing 3.5 days.  Now i have enough time to ski a day at Lech/Zurs, cool!  Maybe I'll see a movie star?



That's rough, but I think you should be able to suffer through.

 

I managed to get two days off from my new job before New Years, so I can at least get a four day trip in. Probably Garmisch and going to the ski jumping on New Years day.

post #9 of 26
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Good news bad new but guess it's all good.  I had a 2.5 day trip from USA to St. Anton, but USAir just told me they canceled my flight home and I be staying an extra day and skiing 3.5 days.  Now i have enough time to ski a day at Lech/Zurs, cool!  Maybe I'll see a movie star?



 So let us know how Lech was/is? Will be there end of February for a whole week.:) Will have plenty of time to figure out where the goods are, and plan on hiring a guide or going with the ski school one day. But if in your day of skiing you discover some nice runs, please, do tell!

post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

Good news bad new but guess it's all good.  I had a 2.5 day trip from USA to St. Anton, but USAir just told me they canceled my flight home and I be staying an extra day and skiing 3.5 days.  Now i have enough time to ski a day at Lech/Zurs, cool!  Maybe I'll see a movie star?



That's rough, but I think you should be able to suffer through.

 

I managed to get two days off from my new job before New Years, so I can at least get a four day trip in. Probably Garmisch and going to the ski jumping on New Years day.



The Vierschanzentournee is incredible. I've been to Bishofshofen for the tournament. It was amazing to see those athletes fly so far down the hill. Take your warm shoes, bell and schnapps.

post #11 of 26
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We went to the Garmisch jump in 2006/07 as well. It's impressive on TV, but in person it is indescribable to see those guys fly through the air. That year it was +2° and pouring down rain, and they called off the competition after the first round. Hopefully it's better this year. Warm shoes and schnapps is no problem. I need to pick up a bell somewhere, though.

post #12 of 26

Trying to justify Munich Biz trip that coincides with Garmisch WC. I'm crossing my fingers. As for a Bell... That's easy in Bavaria or Switzerland....  And the Schnapps.... Williams or Obstler is best in my humble opinion. . Im Schweitz  ich gerne "Kaffee Fertig"(half strength coffee with schnapps and a bit of sugar to taste) ....

post #13 of 26
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I thought about the WC as well, but couldn't justify the expense (nor get the time off with the new job that sparked this tread). But if you're able to be in Munich anyway on biz, it would be rude not to attend.

 

I have some issues with Garmisch, but one thing you have to say in its favor: they do know how to put on an event.

 

I don't suspect getting a cowbell will be difficult. I just wish I had reason to bring my American flag, but sadly I don't think any of my countrymen will be jumping on New Years.

 

As for schnapps, I'll go with Williams (naturally with a chunk of pear in it as well). I'm not a fan of the Pflümi in Switzerland. I just can't get in to plum schnapps and coffee (I'll drink it of course, just not my first choice).

 

I spent a long afternoon in a hut in Bad Gastein a few years ago, and the staff treated us to some free drinks as we were heading out the door: homemade Himbeerli. When I asked what was in it, they said "raspbeeries soaked in a many kinds of alcohol for three weeks". It was good.

post #14 of 26

Pflümi, Zwatschen and Krüter (Krauter) are definitely acquired tastes. I have a couple liters of my aunt’s  “handmade” Obst.  Cures colds and cleans chrome.

 

Garmisch...at times there’s too much fur and Bogner for my taste. But easily tolerated to see ski jumping or the WC.

 

My family comes from Ettal near Garmisch. The Ettal Kloster has a brewery and distillery. If you like himbeere you might like the Kloster’s Blueberry (Heidelbeeren) Liquor  http://www.kloster-ettal.de/ettaler/sites/15/1514.html

 

Take your US Flag any ways.... and wave it for anyone brave enough to compete!

Güte Reise!

post #15 of 26
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It's funny to watch the fur coat brigades interact with the AFRC crowd, though. Both groups tend to miss the best of the skiing on offer in the region. I actually kind of enjoy the wiff of past glory the place has. I find that easier to take than the nouveau rich in other resorts.

 

I certainly know Ettal and its brewery and distillery. Incredibly beautiful spot.

post #16 of 26

haha love those fur coat brigades!

post #17 of 26
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Back from a successful trip. Those lemons were most definitely made into lemonade. Instead of two weeks skiing, we got three days on the snow and one watching the ski jumping (I briefly considered skiing a half day before the jumping started, but my New Years day hangover scuttled those plans).

 

Day One was spent on the Laber in Oberammergau. €24 for a day's lift ticket riding a 5 person tram built in 1957. No grooming and steep as hell. Great snow at the top, not so great at the bottom. Fantastic area that I'd love to get back to some time on a powder day with a deep base, which the locals say occurs about once every five years.

 

Day Two at my favourite unknown Tyrolian resort Lermoos. Less intense that the Laber, but for my money the best view in the Alps. And a small area that nevertheless packs a pretty big punch.

 

Day Three ski jumping. Awesome, and plenty of glühwein and cowbell.

 

Day Four in a snowstorm in Garmisch. After many trips it was great to finally get to ski the Kandahar in good conditions. It's fast, very very fast.

 

Hopefully that's not it for my alpine ski season (plenty of cross country this year, though), but it's not looking good.

 

Pity that I can't seem to post pictures from Flickr anymore. What's up with that?

post #18 of 26

I've been up to the Gaststätte at the top of the Bergbahn there on the Laber many times.  The locals told you the truth about catching it on a good snow year. Definitely worth the trip when the snow gods look favorably upon Bavaria. Pretty good X-C skiing around there as well. Of course, I will try and come up with any excuse to head out to the Kloster Brewery when visiting.

 

Never skied Lermoos, I guess I have to find out what the Zugspitz looks like in winter from the other side.

post #19 of 26
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Sweet, I figured out how to post photos from Flickr.

 

This is the Zugspitze from other side. Amazing. The skiing in Lermoos is pretty damn good, too.

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The Laber was foggy:

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But clear at the top:

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And steep:

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And Langlauf at the Kloster? Check:

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post #20 of 26

Great Pics. I decided not to go to Germany because of the great snow in Tahoe and the iffy snow this year around Garmisch. I was to be there for Fasching. Instead it'll Christkindlmarkt this year.

 

 Laber is a great jewel in the rough (don't tell anyone). Most go over to the Koblensattel in Oberammergau. Lermoss has been added to my list of places to visit on my next winter trip there.

post #21 of 26
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Good move not going to Germany. After a great December, it's been warm and dry since. I was at the Alpine WC two week's ago for the Men's and Women's Slalom, and it was done on strip of white slush on an otherwise green mountain. It was easily 15°C the day of the Women's race. My plan had been to go to the Women's race on Saturday and ski the Dammkar in Mittenwald on Sunday, but there just wasn't enough snow. Really the only place skiable was the Zugspitze, and it takes so damn long to get up there for such a limited area.

 

The WC was great, though. They really do know how to put on an event in Garmisch. If Munich gets the Olympics, they'll do a very good job.

post #22 of 26

We're having the same freakishly warm weather here in Garmisch that occurred during the WC. Now the only skiable places in the area are the Zugspitze or just over the border in Lermoos or Ehrwald, even there has been no fresh snow for a while. The good thing about the weather is that it's keeping the Fasching break crowds down. 

 

I attended the men's WC slalom race as well as some of the downhill training sessions. In a way it was nice that the weather was a little warmer than usual. Otherwise I would have frozen watching the race. 

 

Hopefully next season will be better in terms of weather and snow. 

post #23 of 26


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We're having the same freakishly warm weather here in Garmisch that occurred during the WC. Now the only skiable places in the area are the Zugspitze or just over the border in Lermoos or Ehrwald, even there has been no fresh snow for a while. The good thing about the weather is that it's keeping the Fasching break crowds down. 

 


 

Conditions sound terrible. Were they able to run the Hut-to-Hut on Faschingsdienstag? That is something I regret missing.
 

post #24 of 26
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Conditions sound terrible. Were they able to run the Hut-to-Hut on Faschingsdienstag? That is something I regret missing.
 


Yes. I got off from work too late to catch the gondola up, but my husband did it.

 

Conditions are even worse now because it's about 15 C (59 F) during the day and above freezing at night. I have a feeling that the valley runs will close very soon. It's also supposed to rain here later this week, though it should snow on the Zugspitze. The last time we had any fresh snow was just after the World Championships ended.
 

 

post #25 of 26
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That just seems to be the problem with Garmisch. This freakishly warm weather just occurs far too often.

 

The Woman's Slalom in 15°C sunshine was certainly a nice day out, but not a very fair race. It would be a shame if they miss out on the Olympics because of the weather.

 

There are several inconvienient things about Garmisch that people complain about, and most of those things I put down as part of the character that makes it a unique place. But the unreliable snow really is an issue.

post #26 of 26

Glad to hear they were able to have the Hut-to-Hut. Just looked at Wank-Haus Webcam. Looks pretty bleak for skiing. Cycling is just around the corner smile.gif

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