Would you hand in your snowboard for a pair of ski? Never!, my proud snowboarding self has kept on saying for virtually all of my adult life. After an early snowboarding lesson at the age of fifteen had lured me away from skiing (I have been skiing all my life, since the age of three), I have happily been snowboarding ever since. To this day, I remember the joy I felt when my sports teacher pointed out my beautiful curves and perfect posture in the snow (carving .. snowboarding, that is. Of course. What where you thinking? 😀 ).
Because at the end of the day, we are all just human. Eventually, curiosity wins all of us over. The fragile balance tips …
… and actually, I must admit, I did keep thinking, I could give it another try for quite a while. Skiing, that is. Again. Now that everyone is talking about it, and getting back into it .. saying that the new, modern carving skis have become so easy to handle. That the twists and turns once only in the realm of the early snowboarders, are now just as well available to those on skis and .. oh .. well. It has made me curious, for sure … So … well, alright then. Let’s just give it another go, shall we!
It has really cost me some time, and effort, to “back out on” snowboarding after all this while ..!
Zell am See, at the heart of the Austrian Alps, provides the perfect backdrop for easing my transition. Easy slopes mixed with steeper ones, all of them well-known to me, and a glacier ski resort of a kind, are a definite go-to.
Besides skiing vs. snowboarding, Kitzsteinhorn does offer some fantastic alternatives for explorers, too. “Channelling” through the mountain to see the mountainous rooftop of Austria, for instance!
When you book your lift ticket, do not forget to ask for an admission to the mountain museum & viewing platform “Top of Salzburg“, located at precisely 3.029 metres above sea level. Back in the spring, I have already enjoyed its magical views, stretching across the horizon in an almost complete 360° panorama. Absolutely mesmerising, and among all the mighty peaks of well over 3.000 metres above sea level, I cannot take my eyes off the highest of all: Großglockner, Austria’s tallest mountain at 3.798 metres above sea level, looms in the distance and beckons us to climb it. One day!
For yet another step up in this beautiful mountain game, all the slopes presented here are connected with the “Schmittenhöhe” ski slopes just across the valley, presenting ever more opportunities for alpine enthusiasts!
“Carving on my skis, I just looove it”, I squeal with delight reaching my group at the end of the second morning. Not even the sun could possibly beam any brighter than my happy, satisfied self in that moment. Carving with skis has become so different from my early memories way back: Now, the skis are actually 20cm shorter (my brand new Atomic ski being only 140cm long!), and I do not really mind the somewhat tighter ski boots all that much, either. It is so easy, really, and such a huge amount of fun, to ski again like this.
On the third and final day of exploring the ski resort Schmittenhöhe, I am so vested with my confidence & regained techniques, that I even decide to a) pose for a short, introductory video …
… and b) mount my brand new IceFox camera on my ski helmet in order to record some fun, 270° wide angle shots of me & my groups’ carving efforts (there’s a very funny twist there towards the end, so make sure you watch all of it) …
Why and how this is also due to lovely Toni, is another story I have shared with you here …! 😀
More winter fun fair from Zell am See – Kaprun:
And if you feel inspired to look on, my friends have shared the following about their trip:
- DieKremserin: “Wie daheim: #CasinoUrlaub in Zell am See-Kaprun“
- Travelwoman: “5 Tipps für Unternehmungen im Paradies (Winter)“
- CitySeaCountry: “Zell am See / Kaprun oder da, wo es nie langweilig wird“ & “In die Berg bin i gern .. beim Ski fahren in Zell am See und Kaprun“
- Reiseblitz: “5 gute Gründe für ein verlängertes Wochenende in Zell am See“
- TravelPins: “Winter Abenteuer in Zell am See“ & “Romantischer Casino Urlaub in Zell am See“
- LadyOfStyle: “Casino Urlaub, alpiner Lifestyle, Genuss und Wellness in Zell am See, Österreich“
Disclaimer: We have been supported on this trip by Casinos Austria as well as Zell am See – Kaprun tourism destination. All opinions are my own.