Dear readers. What a day !!! Snow flakes are dancing in front of my window. It has gone quiet around us. Winter is here at last! And so much snow, would you believe it? At least we didn’t when we decided, quite spontaneously, to go on a ski trip to Hochkar ski resort with my family right here in Lower Austria. Driving for about two hours from my home town of Krems, leaving very early in the morning, spirits high, anticipation low, only to be greeted by fog and heavy snowfall at the mountainside. Discouraged? Not us: Mum, auntie & cousin who are with me on this trip have been skiing for as long as I can think, including myself at only three years old. Come wind and snowfall, you just dress accordingly and get on with it, is what I learned. At the Hochkar mountain resort, I tear open the door of our car to a world full of whirling snowflakes, squealing with joy about the fresh mountain air as only a happy winter-loving Austrian can.
Snowflakes falling, all is quiet and perfectly covered in snow, the wind howls a little. For those feeling less encouraged, “Joschi’s Hütte” mountain hut is already open for hot (Glühwein) drinks. The weather …
is nothing for softies. Sorry guys, this had to slip from a true skier’s tongue: It is an absolute no-go to come to a mountain resort and go straight for the hut, ignoring the slopes (and the weather) altogether. Hope dies last when looking up the mountain: Perhaps there was even some sunshine high above the clouds where the chair lifts would take us?
An altitude of some 2.000 metres above sea level makes for good powder snow: Since my early childhood days, we have come here to Hochkar in order to enjoy winter sports in the fresh mountain air.
This day, though, there is more snow than we could possibly think of! I do love the fresh, crunchy, powdery snow when carving down the slope on my snowboard. However, as the snowfall continues all day, the visibility is so poor that we do end up back in the hut only a little later. After all, Glühwein or else have never proven to be wrong, either ;).
Of course, Hochkar is always well worth your visit what with all its well maintained slopes and modern lift facilities. A day pass is € 36,-, you can rent your ski at only € 23,- a day. Even the prices at the mountain huts appear to me somewhat lower than those at our last mountain ski adventure in Kaiserwinkl, Tyrol. Since my early childhood days (I remember the late 80s as one my first ski trips here at Hochkar mountain), I do like to come back. And you’d be surprised at how many international visitors there are around here. See you around next time, then?