You do have to look for it in this spring-like winter: Snow. On our first trip to Tyrol this year, it had not quite arrived yet, whereas this time, it was almost set to leave again in the 13°C sunshine we enjoyed. I am talking 13th of February here – right in the “middle of winter”, as you would say. So what is happening in the land of snow, the Austrian mountain republic?
“Up there at the Nordkette mountains, they will host an igloo party tonight. That’s what’s happening!”
My charming Tyrolean friend Bianca, who lives in Innsbruck, laughs while she stretches out into the pleasant, warm air on her deck terrace. So – an igloo party up at the mountainside! Sounds good right? “Ah, to be honest, I am just fed up talking about the weather. It is what it is?! Warm or cold enough for skiing it is, and the igloo party won’t melt away just yet.” She wears an irresistible grin, and we both laugh. I really enjoy spending some good old girlie time with her. A little later, we take the Hungerburgbahn mountain cable car high above the city of Innsbruck, its sprawled out houses huddling against the towering and protective mountain chain. What a beautiful sight. I am enjoying it each time I come to visit Innsbruck from the lowlands in the east of Austria.
Our ski resort choice for the weekend is a place named “Muttereralm”. Only 10 minutes away from the city of Innsbruck, it offers great slopes for carving & boarding!
I love my board. Seriously, I do. High up at the slopes, carving in blissful powder snow. My moments of Flow. Full of endorphins. Serotonins. Just what they are called. 😉 And once I find my perfect slope – not too steep, not too flat – then I must go sliding, carving, rushing down. I love the feeling. It is irresistible. And you?
The advantage of the Muttereralm ski resort is that it offers a couple of really long slopes that despite many visitors never seem to be crowded enough for good carving & cruising fun. All the slopes we take are marked blue or red, comfy chair lifts or cable cars taking us back up the mountain. And oooh, the food at the hut. We could not resist. Would have bought enough for cooking back home. But then the waiters came round carrying amazing Kässpätzle & Kasspressknödel … (can you pronounce it yet? Or worse, resist them??). Nope.
Check this out. La pura vida!, no?
So how do I get there? The best and fastest way is by train. ÖBB Austrian Railways have put together a good offer …
… that is unbeatable, really. Let me tell you this: Since I can think, our winter & ski trips would always start with and end up in long car drives to and from the destination. Now, however, the super fast ÖBB Railjet is able to do St. Pölten (Lower Austria) – Innsbruck (Tyrol) in only 03:42 hours – punctual and very, very fast. Driving, there is no way you are going to make that distance in less than four hours, let alone more economically than the train. The “SparSchiene” offer starts at only € 24,- per person! We only decided rather late on taking this trip, so it was a little more expensive for us, but nevertheless. I think I will not go back to driving to Innsbruck. The train is just so much faster, cheaper and more comfortable!