The Glungezer, lots of natural snow and my first time.By Elisa | On 28. März 2018 take an adVANture · On March 28, 2018
Glungezer, Hall Hall, Austria. It's one of those classic Saturday mornings during the long winter time. Outside, the clouds cover the mountains and fine mist extends far into the valley. I stand on the balcony of my accommodation in the Hall Wattens region and watch the day awake and the birdsong announce the approaching spring. But still there are a few meters of snow in the mountains and let the skyline of the Alps shine in the most beautiful white / gray / green mixture.
I quickly drink my coffee, go back into the room and stand in front of a small mountain of laundry on my bed. Dressing up in the morning for snowboarding is like putting on armor. Every garment has its place, it fulfills its purpose and must be put on in a certain order. Prepared for the snow and the next hours in a winter wonderland, then it goes into the mountains.
I've been snowboarding for almost 20 years now. Before that, it was a few years on skis, at that time still in various Czech ski resorts. But time is hardly more important in the mass of years. In my youth, I eventually swapped two boards for one and have since remained faithful to boarding. What I have never done in all that time, that the rides are far away from the slopes, in unprepared terrain.
Why it is like that? Quite simple - no idea and too much shit. Or maybe we call it "common sense". That's why I was all the more pleased when I was allowed to drive on the Glungezer under guidance between trees, over light powder snow and through free ski space.
I stand at the valley station of the Glungezerbahn in Tulfes, a now 50-year-old plant. I do not buckle my snowboard as usual, but give it to the man at the lift, who welcomes me with a happy "good morning". And shortly afterwards I'm already sitting next to Sepp, my guide, in the two-seater chair, without a board at my feet. Because that lies across the seats a row in front of me. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to 1560m, enough time to learn more about the area.
Arriving at the middle station, I realize why it was a good idea to have been on foot up here. My board is already standing on the railing, as I help a nice employee from the lift, which enters the station with momentum. He quickly wishes me a nice day and immediately starts to give the next guests a helping hand. But I buckle the board and drive off. After a drag lift and another two-chairlift, I finally stand on top of 2.304m, the Schartenkogel at my feet and the Glungezer in sight. From here it would only continue with touring skis, up to the Glungezerhütte.
"This is the pure deceleration, do not you think so?" Olga Pall, Olympic champion in the downhill of 1968, hits it to the spot. Up here you are the same with you, you greet and be greeted. I stop for a while and enjoy the view over the Inn Valley towards the Nordkette. The hustle and bustle of the large ski areas, coupled with loud après-ski, one looks in vain. Instead, the cosiness finds its way into the house and, with its slowness and countless moments of enjoyment, lends itself to the handle.
And then I'm where I've always wanted to be for years. I get some momentum and drive off to the left of the red run, into Frauental. The solid ground gives way to the finest powder snow and I shift my weight so as not to sink immediately. For the next altitude downhill my serotonin level makes huge jumps. I have to grin all the time and pull myself together so as not to cheer loudly with excitement and joy. Passing small treetops and rocks I make my way through the grounds, sometimes daring, then carefully anticipating again. A small jump over an elevation back to the piste finishes my first ride in free ski room.
In the second attempt it goes over the Schartenkogel along the ridge in the direction Voldertal. Only three tracks lead down the slope in front of me and I find a line that belongs to me. From now on, I'm probably messed up for life.
After a while we reach the tree line. Since the snow has gotten soft now and I have to fight with the balance, the subsoil and the dense trees at every turn, we are looking for a way back to the piste. Here I come again to enjoy the finest prepared natural snow, before my stomach fills with Tyrolean Kasspatzln and Spezi on the terrace of Tulfer hut . Pfiat di, you beautiful Tyrolean mountains.
The ski area is located around 15km east of Innsbruck, in the region of Hall Wattens in Tyrol. From Tulfes the Glungezerbahn (click here for the website ) goes up to the Schartenkogel in several sections and since the opening in 1967 it has been opening up the surrounding slopes in winter and the hiking trails in summer.
Currently, the Glungezer ski resort is a pure natural snow area. But there are now concrete plans to install snow-making systems and larger lifts here as well. It remains to be hoped that the incomparable character will be preserved thereafter.
By the way, the area around the Glungezer is ideal for touring skiers, beginners and advanced skiers. With the Nordkette and the Inntal in the back and the summits of the Tuxer Alps as destination. Dominic from the ski school Glungezer ( click here for the website ) has definitely made it with his video that I will unpack my snowshoes next year and hike to the mountains in winter. With the snowboard on my back, because skis do not come to my feet.
Also away from the fun on the slopes it will not be boring. Maybe you will not find classic tourist attractions, but for the just mentioned pure deceleration. And I'm looking for that in the afternoon at Pungghof in Absam , as I bake bread with Johanna and watch the calves suckle. Regionality and sustainability are the keywords that you can taste, smell and hear.
Johanna runs the farm with her husband as a sideline. In addition to chickens, bees, sheep and cattle, there are also some ark animals and plants - rare species that are threatened with extinction. The two breads that we have baked in the wood oven and still warm in the car, smell too seductive. And so it comes, as it must come - after a short stop at the supermarket and the purchase of fresh butter, we sit on a bench overlooking the mountains and enjoy the change in taste and views.
The bread baking course can be booked via the Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens .
And then there is the little village of Hall, with a beautiful old town in a medieval ambience. A prime example of functioning historical monument protection. The alleys are narrow, mostly car-free and in cloudless sky they give a view of the nearby mountains. As I stroll through the streets in the evening, I cast a few glances in the lighted windows. From my point of view, I usually only see the ceilings, so there are no limits to the imagination of the residents and their furnishing style.
For all movie fans among you, I have now a little Funfact. Some scenes from the movie Point Break , the successor of "Dangerous Surf" with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze from 1991, were filmed here in Hall and surroundings. Although the film does not come close to the original, but the landscape photographs provide acute mountain sickness.
Good bourgeois and regional cuisine can be found in the Golden Lion , hidden in one of the side streets of the town square.
I did not think that I would enjoy freeriding so much, even if it was only a short moment. That's why I'll be fine for the next season, to inform me more about it. One thing you must never forget - Safety first!
Note: The article was created in cooperation with the tourism association Hall-Wattens. Many thanks for the invitation. As always, my opinion of it remains unaffected.
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PS: If you're in the area just in the summer, then take a look at Anna from ANEMINA TRAVELS , who explored the area on the Zirbenweg .
PPS: Just a few kilometers further east there is another small ski area that I would like to recommend to you: the ski resort Alpbachtal Wildschönau .