My YEAH moment in the Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski area and the search for blue / white.By Elisa | On 15. Februar 2018 take an adVANture · On February 15, 2018
[Advertising] Alpbachtal, Austria. Hach, you dear mountains. What do you always do with me? You stand there, for millions of years, and could tell stories that would fill entire libraries. But you keep your secrets for yourself and take my admiration motionless.
Pure mountain love on my part.
In Germany, it is an incredibly gray day of the week, colorless and drab. I miss the blue of the sky and the white of a perfect winter landscape. So I pack my things, get my boots out of the basement, free the snowboard from a few cobwebs and sit down in my bulli . The nearly 200km from the Allgäu into the Alpbachtal pass by and with every kilometer to the southeast the dark gray gives way to a middle gray to a light gray and finally the color blue mixes in small shreds in between. Slush turns into snow-white and flat country in the most beautiful mountain panorama.
My alarm clock rings well before sunrise and anticipation is spreading. This feeling starts with a little tingling in the toes and ends with a fat grin on the face. The first few minutes after getting up are classic routine: morning hygiene, snowboarding onion-style clothing, backpack with many trifles, helmet and goggles. Out of the room, back in because I forgot my gloves, back in the hall towards the boots and snowboard.
On the streets are still few people on the road, which is due to the early morning hour. Namely, I am allowed to be the first on the mountains, especially before anyone else, and make my rounds on the freshly groomed slopes. First line skiing is the name of it, in my case you just have to swap "skiing" with "snowboarding". In principle, it remains the same.
I get off the gondola of the Pöglbahn, just below the summit of Wiedersbergerhorn. The clouds slowly make way for the sun and they are already giving their all to fight their way up the mountain peaks. In front of me is a wide mountain panorama with snow-covered peaks, as far as the eye can see. To the right of me, I can let my eyes wander down into the Alpbachtal, where fine mist still clings between the mountain flanks and the many huts are lined up like small brown swabs along the slope. And yes, I spend a little too much time enjoying the view. Behind me, the gondola sets in motion, the first "classic" day guests will soon reach the mountain station.
In order to be able to descend the virgin slopes, I have to start moving slowly. The first turns are a bit tentative, still lacking orientation. The valley run is the object of my desire and alternates between red and blue piste down to Inneralpbach. No bumps disturb the ride and I can comfortably pull my curves. The snow crunches under my board, as if to cheer me and call to me: "Look how beautiful I am. Shiny white and now just here for you. Faster, faster! "So I do what the glistening snow calls to me.
Worth knowing: From March you have the chance to be on the Wiedersbergerhorn on every Saturday of late winter as the first on the freshly groomed slopes. All information about it can be found on the homepage of the Skijuwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau.
Since the day started so early for me, there is still plenty of time to test the other advantages of the ski area. Manageable in size, gigantic in the view and with perfectly groomed slopes, the hours pass by quickly. I drive down the valley a few more times before enjoying a hearty potato soup in the Böglalm . Quaintly the hut stands in the middle of the slope, just below the middle station.
While the slopes slowly disappear into the shadows, I take the connecting lane, which drives me up to the Schatzberg. The individual areas belong together and can be used with a tariff. This makes the Skijuwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau a ski resort with the best price / performance ratio in Austria .
At the top, I put my board to the side and stomp a few more meters up to the summit cross. The next 30 minutes I spend with the prospect and nice conversations with locals who can not get out of swarming over "their" gem. The descent to the middle station, in the golden light of the now low sun, is the last of my stay. Accordingly, I enjoy them, even if the knees are getting soft and the thighs are burning.
And that is not only my personal subjective opinion, but a very official award. Thanks to a building code from the middle of the last century, all buildings are built in a solid wood construction, large hotel bunkers are sought in vain.
The wooden houses are scattered on the mountain slopes, oriented to the south or southeast. Flat-roofed roofs with large overhangs, balconies over the entire facade and natural materials characterize the image of the community. I let myself drift and experience a place that radiates calm. In the center, if you can call it that, you will find small village shops and local bakeries. Here, time seems to stand still, opening hours are based on passion and not on the requirements of a hectic society.
The Alpbachtal is located about 50km northeast of Innsbruck, about halfway to or from Kufstein.
Via the Inntaler motorway you reach the valley via exit 32 - Kramsach. The 10-day vignette for Austria currently costs € 9, toll-free reached her Alpbach on the running parallel to the highway Federal Highway 171.
Finally, all I can say is: #YEAHwinter - on which the white enchants our landscapes for a long time and gently lays itself over the huts and trees. Connected with a blue from above, which makes the combination perfect.
Note: The article was created in cooperation with Österreich Werbung and the Tourismusverband Alpbachtal Seenland. As always, my opinion remains unaffected, because real mountain and winter love is not for sale anyway, right?