the previous weekend i was still feeling crook, which meant hitting the slopes wasn't on the cards. thankfully though, i was able to take the following wednesday off work. on top of that some of my mates were also able to join me and it had snowed oodles the days before. there's not much that beats snowboarding on powder snow on a clear sunny day; we couldn't have asked for better conditions. well perhaps, even more powder snow ;-) it was my first time at alpbach. it's simply incredible how many ski resorts are within a two hour drive from munich....so spoilt for choice. anyways, i tried to capture some of our snowboarding/ski moments, but as always one had to be there to experience the true beauty of it all. how fortunate we are!
photos and short videos
bob showing us the beauty of a 360°
bambo almost taking my legs off
going slightly off-piste...including stacking it
thanks to the convenience of a 48 Euro return trip to pitztaler glacier, including the day ski pass, by perfect-sunday.de, bob, frank and i had a good winter season 2011/12 start. (took the video with my mobile phone)
besides axel getting a concussion (scary stuff) from unexpectingly catching an edge, chris, axel and i had a good snowboarding trick practice session at steinplatte (waidring, austria). it was the first time for me attempting such size of jumps. looking at the videos it doesn't look like much. but i can tell you my knees started shaking every time i gave it a go. for starters i only tried to not paddle too much in the air and of course land the jumps. next time i definitely wanna try to get some more air-time by actually jumping off the ramp and not just relying on the approach speed giving me the air. and of course getting me a portion more guts to pull it off ;-)
a bunch of us skiing and snowboarding in söll, austria
thanks to a tip from @absolut1978 i learned that big brother knows about a few of my snowboarding antics. antics in terms of how many times i took a lift up any given slope, how many verticle meters add up, rough mileage and so on. quite interesting. am curious what the stats will be at the end of the season.
especially since i brought in my snowboard for a service a week ago, i've been itching to hit the slopes for the first time this winter season. lucky for me and other winter sports enthusiasts, snow has been falling rather generously in and around the alps of late. i rented a car and drove down to sölden to join my mate axel. even before i got to the slopes my adrenaline was pumping. the roads were pretty icey, and seeing cars up side down next to the roads and firemen trying to free the occupants of the car, made me clutch the steering wheel a tad more than usual...plus the foot on the accelerator got a bit lighter than usual too.
anyway, i arrived safely and as you may have guessed i was as a happy as a clam. conditions couldn't have been any better: few people, icey cold (-14 °C), fresh snow and blue skies. besides all that goodness, it was great to snowboard with my mate axel.
if this advertisement doesn't make you wanna do sports, and at the moment especially winter sports, i guess not much else will. i'm so excited, as a porcupine meeting a pineapple, about snowboarding ;-)
thanks to internet shopping and free deliveries, i ordered in total 6 snow goggles to try out (in the comfort of our living room) and check out. and the winner is the: oakley splice olive orange with a black iridium lense.
they are quite new on the market and so far they've been, from the ones i tried, pretty comfortable for my medium to big sized head. i'm a bit concerned about how well i'll be able to see on darker/cloudy days. from what i've read, black iridiums are more suitable for medium to bright days. but if they don't cut the mustard, it seems quite easy to switch the lense to a more suitable one.
bring on the snow!!
all was well, and i say that with a glowing face from a bit too much sunshine and too little sun screen. it was good catching up with balasz again.