10th Feb 2017 was an amazing Saturday because:
a) I finally tried skiing after spending 14 years in Germany.
b) I was humbled by the skiing abilities of 6-year old kids, who couldn’t stop enjoying themselves while I laboured along.
c) It was a magnificent winter day to spend in one of the most beautiful alpine locations I have come across.
d) I got stopped by the border patrols between Austria and Germany; while I did not have my passport, I was lucky to get off with a verbal warning.
e) I experienced all of this with some amazing people around me.
The first view of the Hahnenkamm from the base of the slope, where we were supposed to take classes. (Feb 2017)
I have now finally tried skiing – after having spent 14 years in Germany. (Feb 2017)
Humbling to see feisty 6-year-olds racing down the slopes, while I stumbled around like a clumsy oaf. (Feb 2017)
Curious incident at the coffee break – the waiter did not know where the sugar was (probably new), so he got me a brown sugar candy. Rather than have sugar in coffee, I pretty much slurped coffee on this sugar stick. (Feb 2017)
Being the wonderful sunny winter day that it was, I was happy to pay for the ski lift to take me up though I was done with skiing for the day. I was greeted with this beautiful canvas of alpine landscape stretching out till the horizon (Feb 2017)
A close-up of one end of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range from top of the Hahnenkamm (Feb 2017)
The Hocheckhuette on the Hahnenkamm has a lovely terrace, really good beer, and a classy music electronic/ambient collection, I say. Fantastic place to put up your legs towards the end of the afternoon. (Feb 2017)
Capturing the beautiful panorama on the other side as we descended down the slopes around 16.30. (Feb 2017)
Its a really bad quality picture, but the only one I have of Kitzbuehel from the top…from the ski lift (Feb 2017)
One last view at these majestic mountains as the last rays of the sun kiss them goodbye for the day! (Feb 2017)