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Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Shhh! This is one of the best kept secrets in the world of Alpine Skiing! With the slopes opening a week early due to fantastic conditions, we were able to have a sneeky preview of the ski areas. Last weekend we hit the lifts of Oberjoch, a great little ski area on the edge of the Alps, near Sonthofen. We were a party of seven, including a 7 yr old, an 8 yr old, a highly qualified ski instructor (he was having a day off!) a boarder, a novice and a couple of proficients eager to improve! Oberjoch is the perfect area for such a mixed party as ourselves. It has a great variety of terrain from long sweeping nursery slopes to perfectly groomed steeper stuff and some quite interesting off piste adventures! There are also some great Cross country tracks at the bottom of the area so their is something for everyone.
The thing is that besides the Germans very few people think of the Bavarian Alps as a ski destination. Now on the one hand this is what makes it so special - the slopes are quiet, the queues for the lifts are shorter, if there is one at all! and you can get a table at lunchtime! Yet aside from this I feel compelled to share the secret. The Austrian, French and Swiss Alps are the superstars, but lingering on the edge of the scene is the Cinderella of Ski areas, the Bavarian Alps. To see more of the area, have a look at http://www.superschnee.com/ for webcams, weather and snow reports etc. You can also see more about winter activities and accommodation on our website http://www.my-peakpotential.com/
The snow is still falling here and there are good Powder conditions on the higher areas, such as the Fellhorn and Nebelhorn. These are two of the larger resorts in the area. So if you are looking for a change of scene from your usual ski resort, come and discover this corner of the Alps for yourself. The added bonus is that it's much more affordable than France and Switzerland. Lesson, ski hire and ski passes at cheaper as is the food and drink. See you soon Jo
Thursday, 27 November 2008
It is offical the snow is really here. The last lot was just a teaser and the last weekend we got a good meter of the white stuff and with freezing temperatures it is here to stay!
The group in this video were in two minds about how the weather would effect their stay and we had the climbing wall booked as back up, but they decided to brave the wintery conditions and stick with the programme.
The snow made their trip. First on the schedule was a days team building in our stunning gorge behind the Lodge. The perfect shelter from the blizzarding snow! With the team roped up safely they embarked on their descent of the gorge. Down two abseils, a traverse of the river and the on to the two zip lines. The snow fell heavily but this all added to the amazing atmosphere and the excitement, and the biggest bonus of being out in the snow is the coming in. With the cosy sofas waiting for them and hot Gluhwein, tea and coffee, it was the reward they all deserved.
Day 2 involved the amazing Sky Walk high ropes course under the World class ski jump in Obertsdorf. Strung between the two towers of the jump the course is a maze of exciting challenges and culminates in the Big Swing. You are tied onto a long rope that swings out from the end of the cantilevered structure of the ski jump, allowing you to launch yourself from the platform at the top of the tower.
After all the adrenaline there was just enough energy to get to the top of the Sledge run and enjoy the speedy descent and then hunt for steeper terrain! The competetive edge kicked in here. There's no friend with sledging conditions like these.
The last day was time to enjoy the snow, with a steady walk on snow shoes up into the mountains around the Lodge rewarded with a hearty soup in the Lodge on their return. All in all a good few days in the mountains with winter conditions that are set to stay!
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Tuesday, 11 November 2008