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“Will you help me do it?!” Peter Fahringer, working at the paragliding & kiting club in Kaiserwinkl, Tyrol, is full of passion for his job. Just ahead of my tandem paraglide, we find we also share a common one: The power of connecting people through blogs, online communities & Social Media. “Kössen is a perfect winter resort. People should know that.” He smiles, tells one of his jokes, his colleagues at the flight club all laugh. Suddenly, everybody is alert. “The wind does seem to have dropped. I think we might be able to start after all”, Peter’s colleagues Herbert and Mario call out, two brothers from Kaiserwinkl who have learned how to fly ahead of learning how to drive – at only sixteen years old. All eyes are on me. “I am ready”, I answer with my heart pounding in my chest. “As a world traveller, you have to be naturally open-minded and adventurous“, I tell my instructor Mario while walking over to the starting field. Tandem paragliding in the mountains. Easy, right?! Oh how beautiful it must be to hang out high up in the air, coming down into the valley light as a feather. Definitely try. Definitely?! Yeah!
Caught up with my inner voice, I let my instructor help me into my paragliding gear, tie me up, secure all ropes, run through the last check-ups. If I had still been able to move, I would have bounced with pre-excitement. My heart leaps as we finally lift off, the world below us swiftly getting smaller while my eyes grow bigger and bigger in wonder. Wooowww …
Strong winds in higher altitudes leave my paragliding partner Mario and me “stuck” for a good fifteen minutes without much movement either way. (Just to remind you: This is really quite long if you have never, er, been there before.).
Time, therefore, to become conscious of what is happening around you. I stay “seated”, leaning back into my gear at about 5.000 feet above sea level with nothing between me and the ground than … air. Trees appear like little toy sticks, right beyond my legs is where the free fall starts. … The world is wonderful, the view upon the Kaiserwinkl winter landscape just magic, the wind howls and I feel mesmerized. “Lean forward a little please, yes that’s right, leaning in will help us to steer better.” Mario makes sure we are good despite the little hold-up. I feel brave and proud of myself for being able to stay calm. As we finally touch down in the valley a little later, my heart has even stopped from beating fast. It is only then I realise that joy is written all over my face: I have successfully completed my very first tandem paraglide! Thank you so much guys at Paradelta Club in Kössen – you are great! 😀
What on Earth is “snowtubing“? Surprise, surprise – even, or especially, for us crazy Austrians! And even more so upon starting this fun downhill snow adventure for the first time, as we did here in Kaiserwinkl, Tyrol. First of all, you need to check which behind goes into which tyre. No kidding !! After all, there are smaller and bigger … well. Whatever. In any case, our beloved bums had to fit one of those big “ski tyres”. Next, you are being pulled up by a small tow-lift that automatically disconnects your “skiing tyre” once you have reached the top and hell off you go, sprinting down the hillside over ice and snow and out into the valley. At night. Under floodlights. “Just brake using your feet further down!” our happy instructor shouts after us.
Panorama sauna, jacuzzis, “romantic hideaways” and top cuisine during breakfast or dinnertime: Those staying at the Panorama Hotel Superior have found a haven for delight after being active outside in the fresh winter air. The hotel which is part of the “Verwöhnhotels” here in Kaiserwinkl, literally offering to spoil you rotten, welcomes us with its pretty location right up a forest-clad mountainside: A true gourmet’s hideaway. Check this out.
A big word of Thankyou also goes to Máximo Perez, of TravellingForYou, who has been brave enough to learn how to ski on this trip and has filmed our every moves in Tyrol – check out his video here:
Fancy even more adventure shots from our visit to Kaiserwinkl ski resort? Let me take you on a trip via Flickr:
In my next blog post about “Travel Tales from Tyrol“, I shall talk to you about “cheese & classics”. Not really classical music but well … . Stay tuned!
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the Kaiserwinkl Tourism Board to experience different winter activities in this Tyrolean mountain resort. All opinions are my own.